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Doug Purvis Memorial Prize

2017 Winner

The winners of the Doug Purvis Memorial Prize for 2017 are re David Green (UBC), Craig Riddell (UBC) and France St-Hilaire (IRPP) for their work Income Inequality: The Canadian Story. The prize was awarded at the CEA Meetings in June 2017.

The Doug Purvis Prize is awarded annually to the authors of a highly significant, written contribution to Canadian economic policy. The award was established in 1994 in honour and memory of noted Canadian economist Doug Purvis. The competition is open to all forms of print media in which material relevant to Canadian economic policy appears, including books, single articles in scholarly journals, government studies including monographs done for royal commissions, think tank reports and a series of articles in newspapers or magazines. The Doug Purvis Memorial Prize selection committee is made up of five Canadian economists from academia, government and the private sector. For more information on the Purvis Prize, you can visit the Doug Purvis Foundation's web site.

Call for Nominations

Nominations are requested for the 2018 award of an annual prize to honour the memory of the late Douglas D. Purvis. An award of $10,000 is to be presented for a work of excellence relating to Canadian economic policy and published in 2017. The award is open to all forms of written media in which material relevant to Canadian economic policy appears, including a series of articles in newspapers or magazines, books, single articles in scholarly journals, government studies including monographs done for royal commissions, other official documents, and think-tank reports. To be eligible, the material must be in the public domain and primarily, but not necessarily exclusively, related to some issue in Canadian economic policy.

Nominations should be in by April 1, 2018. Electronic submissions (in PDF format) are preferred and should be sent to Vivian Tran at Your email should include the name and address of the nominator and full details of the nominee, including affiliation. Individuals wanting to submit their Purvis Prize submissions by hardcopy need to contact Vivian Tran at for further instructions.



The prize has been made possible by generous donations from: AIC Mutual Funds, Bank of Montreal, Canada Trust, Canadian National Railways, CIBC World Markets, CI Mutual Funds, First Horizon Capital Corporation, Lang Michener, Mapleridge Partners, Mondiale Asset Management, Norshield Financial Group, Nortel Networks, Royal Bank of Canada, Shaw Industries and Toron Capital Markets.

Selection Committee

The selection committee is nominated by the Canadian Economics Association and the Canadian Association for Business Economists. The committee is composed of James Davies (Chair), Eugene Beaulieu, John Hoicka, Kevin Milligan and Joseph Macaluso.

Past Winners (by year of award)

2017 David Green, W. Craig Riddell and Frace St-Hilaire for their book Income Equality: The Canadian Story, Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2016.
2016 The Ecofiscal Commission for their report The Way Forward: A Practical Approach to Reducing Canada's Greenhouse Gas Emissions, April 2015.
2015 Kevin Milligan (Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia for his C.D. Howe Institute report Tax Policy for a New Era: Promoting Economic Growth and Fairness, Toronto, November 2014.
2014 Miles Corak (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa) for his paper Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility, Journal of Economic Perspectives 27(3), Summer 2013, pp. 79-102.
2013 Kathleen M. Day (University of Ottawa) and Stanley L. Winer (Carleton University) for their book Interregional Migration and Public Policy in Canada, Carleton Library Series 223, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012.
2012 Charles M. Beach (Queen's University), the late Alan G. Green (Queen's University), and Christopher Worswick (Carleton University) for their book Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach.
2011 Kenneth McKenzie and Natalia Sershun (both University of Calgary) for their article Taxation and R&D: An investigation of the Push and Pull Effects.
2010 Bev Dahlby (University of Alberta) for his article Once on the Lips, Forever on the Hips: A Benefit-Cost Analysis of Fiscal Stimulus in OECD Countries, C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder.
2009 Michael Baker (University of Toronto and NBER), Jonathan Gruber (MIT and NBER), and Kevin Milligan (UBC) are the winners of the 2009 Purvis Prize for their article Universal Child Care, Maternal Labor Supply, and Family Well Being, Journal of Political Economy 116(4), August 2008.
2008 Gérard Bélanger (Département d'économique, Université Laval) is the winner of the 2008 Doug Purvis Memorial Prize for his book, L'économie du Québec, Mythes et Réalité, Editions Varia, Montréal, 2007.
2007 David Green (University of British Columbia) and Jonathan Kesselman (Simon Fraser University) for their edited volume Dimensions of Inequality in Canada, UBC Press, 2006
2006 Emmanuel Saez (University of California at Berkeley) and Michael Veall (McMaster University) for their research paperThe Evolution of High Incomes in Northern America: Lessons from Canadian Evidence, American Economic Review 95(3) 2005, 831-849.
2005 Erwin Diewert (University of British Columbia) for his contributions to Consumer Price Index Manual: Theory and Practice (Geneva: ILO, 2004) and to Producer Price Index Manual: Theory and Practice (Washington: IMF, 2004).
Announcement and Citation
2004 Brian R. Copeland (University of British Columbia) and M. Scott Taylor (University of Calgary) for their book Trade and the Environment: Theory and Evidence (Princeton University Press, 2003)
2003 Paul Collins (Strikeman Elliot), Edward Iacobucci (University of Toronto), Michael Trebilock (University of Toronto) and Ralph Winter (University of British Columbia) for their book The Law and Economics of Canadian Competition Policy, University of Toronto Press, 2002.
2002 Jack Mintz (C.D. Howe Institute) for his book Most Favoured Nation: Building a Framework for Smart Economic Policy (C.D. Howe Institute, 2001).
2001 Frances Woolley (Carleton University) and Carole Vincent (Institute for Research on Public Policy) for their book Taxing Canadian Families: What's Fair, What's Not, Choices, vol. 6 (July 2000): 3-42.
2000 Ronald Kneebone (University of Calgary) and Kenneth McKenzie (University of Calgary) for Past (In)Discretions: Canadian Federal and Provincial Policy
1999 John Helliwell (University of British Columbia) for How Much Do National Borders Matter (Brookings Institution).
1998 Jonathan Kesselman (University of British Columbia) for General Payroll Taxes: Economics, Politics and Design(Canadian Tax Foundation).
1997 Pierre Fortin (Université du Québec à Montréal) for his article The Great Canadian Slump, Canadian Journal of Economics.
Edward Greenspon (The Globe and Mail) and Anthony Wilson-Smith (MacLean's Magazine) for Double Vision - The Inside Story of the Liberals in Power (Doubleday).
1996 Bob Young (University of Western Ontario) for The Secession of Quebec and the Future of Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press with the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University).
1995 Tom Courchene (Queen's University) for Social Canada in the Millenium (C.D. Howe Institute)
1994 Craig Riddell (University of British Columbia) and David Card (Princeton University) for A Comparative Analysis of Unemployment in Canada and the United States
David Laidler (University of Western Ontario) and William Robson (CD Howe Institute) for The Great Canadian Disinflation (C.D. Howe Institute).

The Doug Purvis Foundation

The Doug Purvis Foundation is a non-profit, registered, charitable foundation dedicated to the support of excellence in the study and critical analysis of issues related to Canadian economic policy. Doug Purvis was one of Canada's leading policy economists who died tragically, at the age of 45, in January 1993. He spent most of his career at Queen's University, and wrote extensively on Canadian economic policy in newspapers, books, policy pamphlets, royal commission reports, government studies, and scholarly journals. He was exceptionally able in communicating major economic issues to a broad audience in a balanced, readable and entertaining manner. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the type of penetrating policy analysis which typified Doug Purvis' own contributions.

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