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.


Select Publications

  • Boehringer, Christoph, Nicholas Rivers, Thomas F. Rutherford and Randall Wigle "Sharing the burden for climate change mitigation in the Canadian federation'' Canadian Journal of Economics (forthcoming, expected 2015).
  • "Carbon Tax and Revenue Recycling: Impacts on Households in British Columbia" (joint with Marisa Beck, Nicholas Rivers, and Hidemichi Yonezawa) (working paper September, 2014).
  • "Carbon Pricing and Mind the Hissing" (joint with Marisa Beck) draft Policy Report for Sustainable Prosperity (due for release in early 2015).
  • “Green Jobs and Renewable Electricity Policies: Employment Impacts of Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff,” (joint with Boehringer, Christoph, Nicholas Rivers and Thomas F. Rutherford Berkeley Electronic Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. (with Vol. 12 Iss. 1 (June)) 2012.
  • “Border Delays Re-Emerging Priority: Within-Country Dimensions for Canada” (joint with Trien Nguyen) Canadian Public Policy Volume 37, Number 1 (March) pp 49–59.
  • "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