Laurier Economics - Undergraduate

LCERPA offers Laurier's undergraduate students in economics excellent opportunities to develop and promote their research skills. Economics provides students with a framework to explore a wide range of issues logically and creatively, using a blend of theory and application. The study of economics develops problem-solving ability, and analytical and quantitative skills which are highly valued in the marketplace.

Peter Sinclair Undergraduate Research Prize

LCERPA is proud to sponsor the Peter Sinclair Undergraduate Research Prize, recognizing demonstrated excellence in research ability among Laurier's undergraduate students. Nominees are provided an opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge they have acquired while completing their degree at Laurier.

2015-16 Peter Sinclair Undergraduate Research Prize

The 2015-16 Peter Sinclair Undergraduate Research Prize has been presented to Dylan Clarke, for his work "Credit Constraints and Exporting: Evidence from Vietnamese Cross-Sectional Data." Steven Whitlow received honourable mentions. Congratulations to all our nominees, for their excellent research. Nominees presented their work at the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Economics Research Symposium, held April 26, 2016.

2014-15 Nominees included:


Ian Willmott, The Effect of Aging Baby Boomers on Capital Markets in Canada
Mohit Verma, Sharpening of a Dull Arrow
John Baker, Negativity Bias in Search Queries for Economic Indicators: Empirical Evidence from the Canadian Financial Market
Nicholas Tomec, Determinants of Student Rents for WLU Students
Taylor Edmondson, The Evolution of Homosexual Income Discrimination: A Theoretical Adaptation of the Kuznets Curve
Steven Whitlow, The Impact of Migration from Inside and Outside the EU on the UK Labour Market
Brendan Smith, Canada’s Point System of Immigration
Dylan Clarke, Credit Constraints and Exporting: Evidence from Vietnamese Cross-Sectional Data


2014-15 LCERPA Undergraduate Research Award

The 2014-15 LCERPA Undergraduate Research Award has been presented to Kourtney Koebel, for her work examining universal child benefits and the labour supply of single mothers in Canada. Kourtney is graduating from Laurier with an Honours B.A. in Economics and Political Science (with research specialization option). In 2015 she will enter the Master's program in economics at Queen's.
Honourable mentions (second prize) go to Majid Hashimov and Jordan Nanowski. Congratulations to our winners, and all our nominees, for their excellent research.


Back: T. Liddy, H. Mugisha, J. Nanowski (honourable mention), I. Kery, C. Poon
Front: Z. Yang, M. Hashimov (honourable mention), K. Koebel (award recipient)

2014-15 Nominees included (in alphabetical order):


Majid Hashimov, “Does Inflation Targeting Provide a Better Framework for Price Stability than Exchange Rate Targeting?”
Istvan Kery, “The Direct and Indirect Financial Burden of Utilizing Canadian Health Care Services”
Kourtney Koebel, “Universal Child Benefits and the Labour Supply of Single Mothers in Canada”
Thomas Liddy, “Killing the Casino in Vaughan, The Right Move? Analysis of Crime Rates and Casino Presence”
Hippolyte Mugisha, “Gasoline Prices and Obesity: is there a connection?”
Jordan Nanowski, “Business Formalization in Vietnam”
Chadwick Poon, “How to Reduce Toxicity in Anonymous Online Interactions? A Field Experiment on Dota2”
Zidi Yang, “The Effect of Health Expenditures on Health Outcomes”

Researchers presented their work at the WLU Economics Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 29, 2015. For more information contact LCERPA's Director Tammy Schirle.