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Martin Browning named Fellow of the Canadian Economics Association

Martin Browning was awarded the prestigious title of Fellow of the Canadian Economics Association on June 1, 2019.

Jun 06, 2019

The honour is conferred to recognize the achievements and contribution to the discipline of the most prominent economists who have spent a significant portion of their career in Canada.

After starting his career at the University of Bristol in 1978 and spending a year visiting Princeton University, he moved to the McMaster Department of Economics in 1984 and stayed for 14 years.  In many ways, his time at McMaster was central to his academic career.

 “The research Martin produced while at McMaster was nothing short of groundbreaking,” says Stephen Jones, chair of the Department of Economics. “Current research on the behaviour of households has much of its foundation in the 25 papers Martin published in his time at McMaster.”

Shortly after coming to McMaster, he published the classic paper, A Profitable Approach to Labor Supply and Commodity Demands over the Life-Cycle, that altered the way economists view and estimate individual choice in a dynamic setting.

In the early 1990s, he went on to address the roles of household members’ work patterns on demand systems and to work on models of intertemporal substitution and demand. He was also at the forefront of research on the collective model of the household.  This work, conducted at McMaster University, changed how economists think about all aspects of behaviour in a household context.

In his time at McMaster, Martin won the CEA’s John Rae Prize for research excellence (1996), was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society (also 1996), and was appointed University Professor at McMaster (1997).  He also co-directed the Canadian International Labour Network (1996-1999), and was an editor of the Journal of Human Resources and the Journal of Economic Literature.  He went on to become Professor of Economics at Nuffield College, Oxford, and was appointed a Fellow of the British Academy.