I am an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director in the Economics Department and the Business Department in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

My research focuses on institutional development at the international, national or local scales. Recent areas of focus have been the effects of ethnic diversity on government quality and the provision of public goods, and the interaction between formal institutions such as legal and taxation systems and social structures such as ethnic identity and levels of generalized trust. Recent publications have appeared in the Journal of African Economies and the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization.

I am currently scheduled to teach two sections of 1st year microeconomics (EC120) in Fall 2016 and two sections of 1st year macroeconomics (EC140) in Winter 2017. In the past two years, I have also taught Economic Growth (EC307), the Economics of Management and Strategy (EC335) and the 4th year Research Paper course (EC481).

I am also actively involved in the School of International Policy and Governance at WLU and at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. I taught for 7 years in the Human Security stream in the Masters in International Public Policy program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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