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Research SNAPS

For a quick look at the research our faculty conducts, browse our research snaps. Snaps are short, readable summaries of research which emphasize why research matters.

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Understanding the Great Recession

The Great Recession that began in late 2007 was the worst recession in the post-war era. A significant contributing factor was rapid innovation in the finance industry, which lead to expectations that could not be fulfilled.

Learn more about Alok Johri's research...

Optimal Treatment of Bequests and Inheritances

How the government should reduce economic inequalities arising from bequests and inheritances through its tax system depends on the perceived social benefits received by those leaving the bequests.

Learn more about Katherine Cuff's research...

Why Has the Gender Wage Gap Narrowed?

The decreased use of motor skills and the increased use of cognitive skills in the workplace help explain the narrowing wage gap between men and women from 1979-1996.

Learn more about Shintaro Yamaguchi's research...

How Many Optometrists for Ontario?

There are more new optometrists entering practice in Ontario every year than the number that will likely be required to keep service levels stable, even taking into account the aging population. Unless Ontarians want, and are willing to pay for...

Learn more about Arthur Sweetman's research...

Debt dilution: the problem and possible solutions

The implementation of alternative government debt contracts may help governments deal with the problems of debt dilution, the reduction in the value of existing debt triggered by the issuance of new debt.

Learn more about Cesar Sosa-Padilla's research...

Do Pay-For-Performance (P4P) Incentives for Physicians Improve the Quality of Health Care?

Pay-for-Performance (P4P) in Ontario caused primary care physicians to increase, though only modestly, the provision of some effective medical services but not others. Therefore, policymakers should be cautious about using P4P to improve the quality...

 

Learn more about Jeremiah Hurley's research...

Which Tax is More Environmentally Friendly: Fuel Tax or Car Product Tax?

Despite European consumers' moderate undervaluation of future fuel costs, fuel taxes are more effective at encouraging consumers to purchase fuel efficient cars than product taxes based on the fuel economy of cars. These results hinge on the...

Learn more about Laura Grigolon's research...

What Determines Persistence and Academic Success in University?

Students with similar high school GPAs, but who are from neighbourhoods and high schools of varying characteristics, have similar chances of success in university. Students’ high school GPAs are by far the best predictors of persistence and academic...

Learn more about Martin Dooley's research...

Effective Communication Using a Strategic Mediator

Communicating through someone with an ulterior motive (strategic mediator) can be as effective as communicating through a neutral mediator if the strategic mediator is chosen properly.

Learn more about Maxim Ivanov's research...