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CEA - Bank of Canada Undergraduate Student Paper AwardsPhoto: 2024 Bank of Canada Undergraduate Poster Presenters, CEA Conference, Toronto Metropolitan University


Congratulations to the 2024 Award Winners:

The Award for Best Paper went to Jane Platt (UBC) “Parental involvement laws: the impacts of abortion restrictions on teen maternal health in the US”

The Award for the Best Poster went to Anna Chernesky (UBC) “Migration and the classroom: the effects of immigration on the test scores and school experience of native students in Europe

Selection committee: Ather Akbari, Felipe Alves, Fernando Aragon, Julien Bengui, Michael Boutros, Marie Connolly (CEA Chair), Geoffrey Dunbar, Kelly Foley, Yuko Imura (Bank of Canada Chair), Lilia Karnizova, Youming Liu, Luba Petersen, Lin Shao, Henry Siu, Chris Sutherland, Casey Warman, Jennifer Winter, Tao Wang, Carlos Yepez, Hong Yu Xiao

Thank you to the selection committee and to Bank of Canada for their support of this initiative.

Paper details for the ten students who presented their posters in-person at the 58th Annual Meetings:

5 Submissions Here: 
5 Submissions Here:



The Award for Best Paper went to Yoon Jeong (Lauren) Hwang (Simon Fraser University) for “The impact of framing on demand for plastic: an experimental study

The Award for Best Poster went to Colby Chambers (UBC) for “Protest and Prejudice: The Impact of Black Lives Matter Protests on Police Behaviour” (pictured below)



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)

See SFU Post with comments from the students!


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 Submission (CLOSED) : 2024 Undergraduate Research Poster Sessions

A poster session that showcases undergraduate student research will take place during the 58th 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. The conference will be held at Toronto Metropolitan University, May 30 – June 1, 2024.

Cash prizes of $500 CAD each for the Best Poster and the Best Paper will be awarded.

Submissions to the poster session close on 18 April 2024. Students selected for participation will be notified by 3 May 2024.


Interested candidates must submit a completed online application (using the above links) 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 the relevant JEL code(s)

Details for for the poster presentation requirements are available here