School of Economics
Applied Microeconomics; Labor Economics; Health Economics; Policy
Ph.D. Economics, Dalhousie University, 2016.
M.A. Economics, University of New Brunswick Fredericton, 2008.
Diploma in University Teaching, University of New Brunswick Fredericton, 2008.
B.B.A. Economics with Distinction, University of New Brunswick Saint John, 2004.
I am an applied microeconomist in the fields of labor and health. I study economic well-being, health and the relationship between them. I am particularly interested in the role of policy in mitigating disparities – I characterize policy problems, and I evaluate the intended and unintended consequences of policy solutions. My research focuses on vulnerable individuals and families, such as those in rural and remote communities, Indigenous Peoples, other minority groups and those who are poor or economically insecure. While much of my work is national in scope, I prioritize themes that are relevant to Maine, Atlantic Canada and the Arctic because my research is motivated and informed by lived experiences in these regions.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
A breath of fresh air: The effect of public smoking bans on Indigenous youth. Health Economics, 2021 (with Rahman and Watson).
Blown off-course? Weight gain among the economically insecure during the great recession. Journal of Economic Psychology, 2020 (with Watson, Rohde and Osberg).
Literacy, numeracy, technology skill, and labour market outcomes among Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Canadian Public Policy, 2019 (with Hu and Warman).
Rural-urban differences in the decline of adolescent cigarette smoking. American Journal of Public Health, 2019 (with Ziller, Lenardson, Paluso and Talbot).
How well is Maine doing? Comparing well-being across Maine counties. Maine Policy Review, 2018 (with Crawley, Rahman, Demosthenes and Lyons).
Measuring poverty and inequality in Northern Canada. Journal of Children and Poverty, 2015 (with Burton and Phipps).
Work in Progress
Mind the gap: A decomposition of earnings and vulnerability among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples (with Watson).
Racial/ethnic differences in the association between public smoking bans and drinking behavior in the United States (with Rahman, Sigaud and Sarker).
Subsidies and food insecurity in remote communities: Evidence from the Food Mail Program and Nutrition North Canada (with Pandey, Phipps and Watson).
Drug-related morbidity and mortality in Maine: Lost productivity from 2015 to 2020 (with Sarker, Sigaud, Sorg and Wren).
The effects of recent minimum wage increases on self-reported health in the United States (with Sigaud, Rubin and Noblet).
My teaching philosophy is focused on student engagement with course material and the overall class experience. I believe it is important to teach in the context of students’ diverse backgrounds and interests. I strive to create an inclusive learning environment in which all students feel comfortable asking questions and expressing their thoughts. I recognize that many students will not pursue a career in economics. At the very least, I hope they will develop skills and confidence that can be applied to their chosen profession and personal life.
This course introduces students to microeconomics. The objectives are to: develop an understanding of the economic relationships between individuals, firms and social institutions; introduce students to microeconomic analysis; and explore the role of economics in everyday life.
This course builds on Principles of Microeconomics. The objectives are to: enhance students’ understanding of microeconomic analysis; use microeconomic analysis to examine social and economic problems; and critically evaluate policies that are intended to address them.
This course introduces students to the field of health economics. The objectives are to: use microeconomic analysis to understand how individuals, physicians, insurance providers and governments make decisions about health; and critically evaluate how these decisions are affected by health and social policies, considering differences across countries.
I actively mentor undergraduate and graduate students at UMaine and other institutions. My impact as a mentor is reflected in the success of my students. Together we have published in peer-reviewed journals, and students have presented their research at regional and international conferences. After graduation, many have gone on to careers in the private and public sectors, as well as academia.