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Randall Wigle is Professor in the School if International Policy and Governance and the Lazaridis School of Business and 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.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Senior Fellow Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network
  • Professor (on sabbatical), Department of Economics
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Office: BSIA 347

  • (226) 772-3164

Environment and Resources
Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)
  • Ph.D. University of Western Ontario, 1986
  • MA University of Windsor 1977
  • BA University of Windsor 1975


  • Boehringer, Christoph, Nicholas Rivers, Thomas F. Rutherford and Randall Wigle. 2015. “Sharing the burden for climate change mitigation in the Canadian federation”. Canadian Journal of Economics.
  • Beck, Marisa, Nicholas Rivers, Randall Wigle and Hidemichi Yonezawa. 2015. “Carbon Tax and Revenue Recycling: Impacts on Households in British Columbia”. Resource and Energy Economics.
  • Beck, Marisa and Randall Wigle. 2015. “Carbon Pricing and Mind the Hissing Policy Report for Sustainable Prosperity”.
  • Boehringer, Christoph, Nicholas Rivers, Thomas F. Rutherford and Randall Wigle. 2012. “Green Jobs and Renewable Electricity Policies: Employment Impacts of Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff”. Berkeley Electronic Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. 12 (1).
  • Nguyen, Trien and Randall Wigle. 2011. “Border Delays Re-Emerging Priority: Within-Country Dimensions for Canada”.
    Canadian Public Policy. 37 (1): 49-59.
  • Nguyen, Trien and Randall Wigle. 2009. “Welfare Costs of Border Delays: Numerical Calculations from a Canadian Regional Trade Model”. Canadian Journal of Regional Science. 32 (2): 203-222.
  • Snoddon, Tracy and Randall Wigle. 2008. “Fraying Over Paying: Who Will Bear the Costs of Greenhouse Policy”. Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation. 5: 235-255.
  • Snoddon, Tracey and Randall Wigle. 2007. “Regional Incidence of the Costs of Greenhouse Policy”. Canadian Journal of Regional Science. 30 (2): 313-336.
  • Wigle, Randall, Jeevika Weerahewa, Maury Bredahl, and Sudarma Samarajeewa. 2007. “Impacts of BSE on World Trade in Cattle and Beef: Implications for the Canadian Economy”. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. 55 (4): 535-549.

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