Randall M. Wigle

Randall Wigle has recently been appointed 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.

A broad theme in this work is the interactions among environmental, trade and fiscal policies. Dr. Wigle's recent work has focused on Canadian climate policy, especially the linkages between federal and provincial action. Dr. Wigle is currently collaborating with Marisa Beck (Ph.D. student at the Balsillie School), Christoph Bohringer (Oldenburg Germany), Nic Rivers (Ottawa), Tom Rutherford (Wisconsin, Madison) and Hidemichi Yonezawa (U Ottawa) on a project looking at fiscal and dynamic aspects of Canadian Climate Policy approaches. The work is funded by Carbon Management Canada.

Dr. Wigle has also applied the CGE methodology to look at border issues with Trien Nguyen (Waterloo) and renewable electricity policy (with Marisa Beck and Nic Rivers). Some of the work on renewable energy has been supported by Sustainable Prosperity.

Dr. Wigle's teaching in recent years has focused on environmental economics.

Professor Wigle has been involved in the preparation of technical reports for Agriculture Canada, the C. D. Howe Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Environment Canada, Industry Canada, the US Department of Labor and Australia's Productivity (formerly Industry) Commission among others.



  1. Boehringer, Christoph, Nicholas Rivers, Thomas F. Rutherford and Randall Wigle 2015 "Sharing the burden for climate change mitigation in the Canadian federation'' (forthcoming expected )
  2. Marisa Beck, Nicholas Rivers, and Hidemichi Yonezawa) (working paper September 2014 Carbon Tax and Revenue Recycling: Impacts on Households in British Columbia (joint with )
  3. 2015 Carbon Pricing and Mind the Hissing (joint with Marisa Beck) draft (due for release in early )
  4. Vol. 12 Iss. 1 (June) 2012 Green Jobs and Renewable Electricity Policies: Employment Impacts of Ontario's Feed-in Tariff, (joint with Boehringer Christoph Nicholas Rivers and Thomas F Rutherford
  5. Border Delays Re-Emerging Priority: Within-Country Dimensions for Canada (joint with Trien Nguyen) Volume 37 Number 1 (March) pp 49–59
  6. Trien Nguyen), <em>Canadian Journal of Regional Science</em>. (forthcoming "Welfare Costs of Border Delays: Numerical Calculations From a Canadian Regional Trade Model'' (with Trien Nguyen) (forthcoming)
  7. 2008 "Fraying Over Paying: Who Will Bear the Costs of Greenhouse Policy'' (joint with Tracy Snoddon) Chapter~10 of Oxford University Press
  8. Tracy Snoddon 2007 "Regional Incidence of the Costs of Greenhouse Policy'' XXX:2 Summer pp 313--335
  9. Jeevika Weerahewa, Maury Bredahl, and Sudarma Samarajeewa 2007 "Impacts of BSE on World Trade in Cattle and Beef: Implications for the Canadian Economy'' 55:4 pp 535--549
  10. Book Review of Dessler and Parson 2006 The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate Vol~32 No~4

Academic/Professional Awards

  1. Senior Fellow Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network