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Student resources and opportunities

Financial aid and awards

  • Undergraduate students in Economics may be eligible for awards including:

    • A.J. Averbach Memorial Prize
    • Louis Lercher Memorial Scholarship

    Undergraduate students in Economics can apply for awards such as the:

    • Ruben Bellan Bursary
    • Ruben Simkin Memorial Prize (essay competition)

    Visit the Awards database to find details on each award.

  • Graduate students in Economics may be eligible for awards such as:

    • Clarence Barber Memorial Award

    Check the Graduate Awards database to find details.

University of Manitoba Economics Society (UMES)

The UMES provides students with a common interest in economics the opportunity to engage and participate in the growth and development of the community through talks and student representation.

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Undergraduate research awards (URA)

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with our leading faculty researchers and gain valuable experience.

Learn more and apply for a UM URA


Each year the Department of Economics hosts a variety of lectures and other events. These include seminars, panel discussions, invited lectures, brownbag lunch talks and honours and graduate student conferences. The Economics Seminar Series supports the interaction of ideas and intellectual discussion of economics from a variety of perspectives. It has been running for over 50 years and is the oldest in the Faculty of Arts.

Economics Seminars

The Labor Market Returns to Unobserved Skills: Evidence from a Gender Quota

Economics & Econometrics Seminar Series with
Dr. Safoura Moeeni, University of Regina
Friday, March 24, 2023
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 307 Tier Building

All are welcome. No registration required.

We estimate the effects of unobserved skills on labor market outcomes by investigating a change in the distribution of unobserved skills. Among people with the same levels of observed skills such as education and work experience, there are still disparities in labor market outcomes. To explain the disparities and find the effect of unobserved skills, we exploit a discontinuity generated by the 2012 education policy in Iran. This policy restricting female students in specific college majors changes the size and skill distribution of the pool of high school graduates workers. We find three main findings. First, the education quota lowers women's college attendance. Second, young high school graduate women are more likely to participate in the labor market and have a job. Third, the gender wage gap decreases among high school workers due to both within and between occupation changes treated women are paid more and they take up higher paying middle skilled positions that used to be non-traditional occupations for them.

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Department of Economics
Room 501 Fletcher Argue Building
15 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V5 Canada

General Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm