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Katherine Cuff, the Canada Research Chair in Public Economic Theory

Department of Economics salutes, Katherine Cuff, the Canada Research Chair in Public Economic Theory this International Women's Day. She is a part of a group of twenty-two McMaster women who currently hold Canada Research Chairs.

Mar 08, 2017

Katherine Cuff, the Canada Research Chair in Public Economic Theory, Tier 2

Research involves

A rigourous theoretical analysis of topics—including taxation, rent control, minimum wage and health care— key to a sound public economy. 

Research relevance

This research will contribute to Canadians’ economic well-being by identifying how to best serve the public good through government programs and policies. 

Examining Texts and Other Economic Policies for the Public Good

Canadians know that when April 30 rolls around it’s time to file their income tax returns. But it’s not as well known that behind the many forms, calculations and designated tax brackets is the rigourous theoretical analysis of economists like Dr. Katherine Cuff, Canada Research Chair in Public Economic Theory. 

Taxation policy is just one aspect of Cuff’s ongoing research program. She is examining the economic policies that shape Canadians’ daily lives, from income tax to minimum wage, and rent control to public health-care financing. Cuff is analyzing the choices that governments must make to best serve the public good with the resources available. 

A thriving public economy comes with a price tag: Canada’s deficit swallows some of every taxpayer’s dollar, and programs that ensure a high standard of living consume significant government resources. 

By using economic theory and mathematical models, Cuff and her research team will help determine whether current government policies are best meeting Canadians’ needs and expectations. Their research will inform government policy-making and program development, and contribute to Canada’s economic growth and well-being. 

To learn more about the other McMaster women who hold Canada Research Chairs visit the McMaster Daily News.