School of Economics
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.
Health Economics; Labor Economics; Poverty and Inequality; Applied Microeconomics; Social Policy
I am interested in economic well-being and inequality thereof, as well as the implications for health (i.e. health behaviors and outcomes, subjective well-being). I am also interested in the role of policy in addressing disparities. My research focuses on children and families in rural and remote communities, including the Arctic and Indigenous Peoples. I was born and raised in rural New Brunswick, and I have lived in remote Inuit communities in Arctic Canada. These experiences motivate and inform my research in Maine and further afield.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
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).
Income and the mental health of Canadian mothers: Evidence from the Universal Child Care Benefit. SSM – Population Health, 2017.
Measuring poverty and inequality in Northern Canada. Journal of Children and Poverty, 2015 (with Burton and Phipps).
Selected Work in Progress
Refer to my Curriculum Vitae for a complete list of work in progress.
A breath of fresh air: The effect of public smoking bans on Indigenous youth (with Rahman and Watson).
Driving me to drink? Racial/ethnic differences in the association between public smoking bans and drinking behavior in the United States (with Rahman).
Mind the gap: A decomposition of earnings and vulnerability among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples (with Watson).
Subsidies and food insecurity in remote communities: Evidence from the Food Mail Program and Nutrition North Canada (with Pandey, Phipps and Watson).
My approach is to support students as they work, individually and collaboratively, to discover the essence and relevance of course material. I do this using in-class activities, combined with theory, empirical applications, policy discussions and problem-solving. I recognize that many of my students will not pursue economics as a primary field. However, I hope they acquire confidence and skills that can be used in 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; 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 and its applications; examine social and economic problems; use microeconomic analysis to 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; explore how social and economic policies affect this decision-making.
I actively mentor undergraduate and graduate students at UMaine and other institutions. I regularly meet with my students to discuss their academic progress, opportunities for personal and professional development, career goals and the synergy between these things. My impact as a mentor is reflected in the success of my students. Together we have published in peer-reviewed journals, and my students have presented their research at conferences in Maine and abroad. After graduation, many have gone on to rewarding careers in the private and public sectors, as well as academia.