Randall M. Wigle

Randall Wigle has recently been appointed Associate Director of the PhD in Global Governance program. He is also a Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario, Canada. He has published widely on topics in the areas of international trade policy and environmental economics. The overwhelming majority of this work relates to computable general equilibrium modeling. This modeling simulates the world economy's response to trade and environmental policies.

An important theme in this work is the analysis of environmental and trade policy in an international context. Professor Wigle is currently studying Canadian compliance with the Kyoto Protocol. A research project focusing on the federal--provincial policy dimensions of Kyoto compliance was recently funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Tracy Snoddon is Professor Wigle's co-investigator on the project.

Recently he has studied the nature of `environmental' provisions of trade agreements; linking of international trade and environmental negotiations; and the Uruguay Round trade negotiations. An ongoing branch of his work involves the evaluation of alternative instruments to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Select Publications

  • "Welfare Costs of Border Delays: Numerical Calculations From a Canadian Regional Trade Model'' (with Trien Nguyen), Canadian Journal of Regional Science. (forthcoming)
  • "Fraying Over Paying: Who Will Bear the Costs of Greenhouse Policy'' (joint with Tracy Snoddon) Chapter~10 of Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation Volume V: International and Comparative Perspectives. Oxford University Press. 2008
  • "Regional Incidence of the Costs of Greenhouse Policy'' (with Tracy Snoddon) Canadian Journal of Regional Science XXX:2 Summer pp 313--335. 2007
  • "Impacts of BSE on World Trade in Cattle and Beef: Implications for the Canadian Economy'' (with Jeevika Weerahewa, Maury Bredahl, and Sudarma Samarajeewa), Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 55:4 pp 535--549. 2007
  • Book Review of Dessler and Parson, "The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate", Canadian Public Policy Vol~32 No~4. 2006

Academic/Professional Awards

  • Senior Fellow Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network