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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.

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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.

  • Association of Recreational and Medical Cannabis Legalization with Opioid Prescriptions and Mortality

    Economics & Econometrics Seminar Series with
    Dr. Shweta Mital, College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba

    Friday, November 3, 2023
    2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    307 Tier Building

    While some have argued that cannabis legalization has helped to reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality in the United States, evidence is mixed. Moreover, existing studies do not account for biases that could arise due to the staggered adoption of recreational and medical cannabis laws in US states and the potential heterogeneity in the effects of these laws across states and over time. Using the novel difference-in-differences technique developed by de Chaisemartin and d’Haultfoeuile that allows to obtain unbiased policy treatment effects in our unique context of staggered policy treatment adoption, heterogeneous treatment effects and multiple treatments, we find that there was no statistically significant effect of recreational or medical cannabis laws on opioid prescribing or overall opioid overdose mortality, although the results suggest a potential reduction in synthetic opioid deaths attributable to recreational cannabis laws.

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  • Gender and Educational Externalities: Evidence from Colonial Schools in Nigeria

    Economics & Econometrics Seminar Series with
    Dr. Dozie Okoye, Dalhousie University

    Friday, November 10, 2023
    2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    307 Tier Building

    We study the establishment of the first primary schools across Nigeria between 1845 and 1928. We examine their effects on educational mobility, living standards, cultural practices, and social networks. We estimate effects by comparing those who lived close to the first school (within 7 kilometers) with those who lived farther away (between 7 and 20 km), beyond walking distance. Thus our identification strategy assumes that the exact placement of the schools within a 20-km radius was exogenous. We present six novel findings. First, the schools reduced the gender gap in school attendance and primary education among descendants. Second, education attainment increased even more for descendants of females who attended early schools. Third, the schools had a large positive effect on secondary-school completion among female descendants, which was not the case for the first-generation. Fourth, they increased inter-ethnic social capital, as measured by friendships across ethnic groups. Fifth, they did not affect the practice of polygamy, and polygamy played no major role in the schools’ effects on educational mobility. Lastly, the schools had positive externalities on educational and economic mobility in surrounding communities.

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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