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CEA - Bank of Canada Undergraduate Student Paper Awards



Photo: Award winner for Best Research Paper at the Banff Meetings, Ian Sapollnik (The University of British Columbia) for his paper "The Minimum Wage, Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Market for Alternative Credit"


Undergraduate Student Paper Award

The Undergraduate Student Paper Award is organized jointly with the Bank of Canada during the annual conference of The Canadian Economics Association. Following a poster session, prizes for the best paper and the best poster are awarded. The event aims at promoting research skills among undergraduate students to develop the future generation of Canadian economists. 

Current undergraduate students in Canadian universities, or those who have completed their studies in the past year but have not yet begun their graduate studies, are encouraged to apply. A maximum of twelve students will be invited to present their poster at the annual congress.


Best Research Paper: “Willingness To Pay for Digital Privacy: Do Risk Preferences Matter?” Doina Rusu (Simon Fraser University)

Best Presentations: “Marriage, Menarche, and Mortality: Early Marriages, Women’s Health, and Child Mortality in Yemen” Michelle Bronsard (Université de Montréal), and "Return to University Education in China with Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design" Weiyu Chen (Simon Fraser University)



Best Research Paper: “Damage Functions and the Social Cost of Carbon: Estimating Marginal Damages Under the Representative Concentration Pathways” Alyssa Russell (University of Victoria)

Best Presentation: “Reelection Incentives and Regional Policy Responses to COVID-19” Daniel Moore (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Honourable Mention: “Natural Hazards and Retrospective Voting: Evidence from Chile" Javier Cortes Orihuela (University of British Columbia)


The prize for Best Research Paper was awarded to Jaycee Tolentino (University of British Columbia) for his paper “The Politics of Disaster Relief.” 

The prize for Best Presentation was awarded to Kyra Carmichael (University of Ottawa) for her paper “Sticky or Flexible? Evaluating Revisions in Bank of Canada Staff Forecasts of the Policy Interest Rate.” 




Best Research Paper: "The Minimum Wage, Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Market for Alternative Credit" Ian Sapollnik (University of British Columbia)

Best Poster Presentation: "The Economist: Underrepresentation of Women in the Profession" Rida Aamer (University of Toronto)  


Best Research Paper: "Does corruption differentially impact the productivity of female-managed microenterprises? A study of Latin America and the Caribbean" Minnie Cui (University of Toronto) 

Best Presentation: "Short-Term Inflation Forecasting in Canada Using Machine Learning" Galen Wray (University of Waterloo)


Best Research Papers: “Spillovers in European Sovereign Bond Markets During the Financial Crisis”   Maria teNyenhuis (St. Francis Xavier), and “Rationalizing the Obscene: An Inquiry on Mexican Cartel Behaviour” Nelson Wong (University of British Columbia).

Best Presentations: “Who Wants to Find a Lover Online and Why? A Study of the Determinants of Online Dating Usage and the Effect of First-Time Meeting Venue on Relationship Outcomes ” Sibyl Song (University of British Columbia), and “The Effect of Income Inequality and Other Socioeconomic Factors on Political Participation in Canadian Federal Elections “ Matthew Peters (St. Mary’s University)



Bank of Canada Graduate Student Paper Award:

The Bank of Canada Graduate Student Paper Award was conferred at the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) Conference from 2014 - 2017. The purpose of this award is to promote high-quality research in the subject areas relevant for the Bank of Canada's mandate. From 2018 onwards, this award is administered uniquely by the Bank of Canada.  

For more information please visit the web site for the Bank of Canada Research Paper Awards

Past Graduate Student Paper Prize Winners

2017 Winner: 
Pierluca Pannella (University of British Columbia): “Credit Bubbles and Misallocation”.

2016 Winner:
Li, Bingjing (University of British Columbia): “Export Expansion, Skill Acquisition and Industry Specialization: Evidence from China

Honourable Mention:
Becerra, Oscar (University of British Columbia): & ldquo: Pension Incentives and Formal-Sector Labor Supply: Evidence from Colombia

2015 Winner:
Hugo Jales (UBC) - "Estimating the Effects of Minimum Wage in a Developing Country: A Density Discontinuity Design Approach."

Honourable mentions:
Chad Kendall (UBC) - "Rational and Heuristic Trading Panics in an Experimental Asset Market "  

Derek Messacar (U. of Toronto) - "The Crowd-Out Effects and Welfare Implications of Retirement Savings Nudges."

2014 Winner:
Jonathan Hoddenbagh (Boston College)  "The financial accelerator and the optimal state-dependent contract", Review of Economic Dynamics 24, March 2017, pp. 43-65.

Edouard Djeutem (Simon Fraser University) - "Model uncertainty and the Forward Premium Puzzle."


Call for Submissions

A poster session that showcases undergraduate student research will take place during the 56th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA). Current undergraduate students registered at a Canadian university, or those who have graduated in the past year but have not yet begun their graduate studies, are encouraged to apply. High-quality original research papers, in either French or English, in any area of Economics will be considered.

Up to 10 students will be invited to present their research at the conference. The successful candidates should prepare to present their work in a poster session to a select group of evaluators. Due to the evolving nature of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the precise format of the presentation (online, hybrid or virtual only) will be determined closer to the dates of the conference. Cash prizes of $500 CAD each for the Best Poster Presentation and the Best Paper will be awarded.

The 2022 Competition is closed for submissions

2022 Submission (EN)Soumissions 2022 (FR)

Students selected for participation will be notified by May 20, 2022. 

Interested candidates must submit a completed online application (in English here or in French here) along with the following documents:
- Resume of the author(s)
- Name and contact details of the person who supervised the research
- Full draft (preferred) or extended paper outline. The paper should include a short summary (about 150 words) and JEL codes