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An Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ken Jackson studies the relationship between social structures and economic development. This research follows two primary tracks. The first element of his research considers the effects of institutional development on the evolution of social norms, with trust and cooperation as the key current focus. The second track explores the relationship between government effectiveness and diversity, particularly ethnic and religious diversity, and how institutional development can improve government efficiency in the presence of diversity.


  • Jackson, K. 2010. “Adaptive Institutions: Contract Enforceability and the Evolution of Social Capital”.
  • Associate Professor, Economics
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Office: P3080 (Laurier)

  • (519) 884-0710 | Ext. 2316

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Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of British Columbia, 2010
  • B.Sc. Physical Geography, University of British Columbia, 1998
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