Peter Wylie

Associate Professor

On Leave Until: June 30, 2020
Phone: 250.807.9341

Research Summary

Economic history; international economics; public policy; regional innovation; economic competitiveness; public infrastructure and economic growth; manufacturing employment effects of NAFTA; regional innovation systems; policies for sustainable regional economic development.

Courses & Teaching

Economic history; international economics; economic growth.


Dr. Peter Wylie was born in Kenora, Ontario and his primary and secondary school education was in Leicester, England and Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. He obtained a BSc (Econ) 1st Class Honours from The Queen’s University of Belfast, and an MA and PhD in Economics from Queen’s University, Kingston. He has published monographs and articles in economic history and performance, international economics, public policy, and regional economic competitiveness. He has 5 years professional experience outside of the university in financial services, manufacturing, and government agencies, and a total of 20 years experience in university teaching, research, service and administration, including being Chair of the Department of Economics at Okanagan University College 2003-05 and currently Head of Unit 6 Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology of the Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan. He has been a consultant to the Treasury Board of Canada, Investment Canada, the former Northern Ireland Economic Council, the BC Degree Quality Assessment Board, the former BC Open Learning Agency, and the University of Northern BC, among others. He is married with three children, and particularly enjoys skiing, reading, folk/rock music, walking the dog, watching (as a long-suffering Leicester City fan) English soccer on TV, and riding his bike to work.


PhD, Queen's University

Research Interests & Projects

Regional Innovation Systems and Strategies and Benchmarking of Regional Economic Competitiveness
Work on regional innovation systems and strategies in Canada, in particular, in the Okanagan region, using the research (survey and conceptual) methodology utilized in my previous research for Northern Ireland. Applying theoretical and empirical methodologies such as those of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Michael Porter and Scott Stern for the United States Council for Competitiveness, and the UK Department of Trade and Industry Competitiveness Indicators, to the benchmarking of the regional competitiveness and economic performance of the Okanagan region as a knowledge-driven economy.

Infrastructure and Canadian Economic Growth
Cost-benefit analysis of public infrastructure development and its links to municipal, provincial and national economic growth and development in Canada in the recent past. Updating early 1990s work with data up to 2007-08, incorporating the years of the Canada Infrastructure Works Program.

Canada-United States Free Trade and NAFTA 
Examining the effects of Canada-United States/Mexico trade in manufactured goods on manufacturing employment in Canada, 1983-2008. The project involves empirical analysis of Statistics Canada trade patterns data across SIC classifications with total shipments and employment data.

The World Economy to 1800 and since 1800: Field Courses
Development of the courses ECON 330 (World Economy to 1800) and ECON 331 (World Economy since 1800) as field offerings in the United Kingdom.  This would involve taking UBC O students and others taking these courses as summer field courses to the UK to study world economic history in the context of the Industrial Revolution in the UK. Traveled to the UK in May 2005, May 2006, and Nov 2007 for preliminary fieldwork purposes in connection with this project.

International Institute for Sustainable Regional Economies
Collaborating with the Okanagan Institute for Sustainable Development and other partners in Canada, the United States and Sweden on best practices on sustainable regional economic development in the Mid Sweden and British Columbia regions.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Peter Wylie, “The All-Administrative: The University of British Columbia, Okanagan” Workplace 31, 2018, p. 10-21. (J)

Peter Wylie, “Exclusionary and Extractive Campus Management: The University of British Columbia, Okanagan” Workplace 31, 2018, p. 22-30.  (J)

Peter Wylie “My Campus Administration, Faculty Association and Me: Academic Mobbing and Sweetheart Unionism”  Workplace 31, 2018, p. 31-41.  (J)

Peter Wylie, “My Campus Administration, Faculty Association, Senate, and Me: A Case Study in Academic Mobbing” in Caroline Crawford (ed.) Confronting Academic Mobbing in Higher Education: Personal Accounts and Administrative Action.  p. 187-210, IGI Global (2019).  (B)

Peter Wylie “The University of British Columbia’s International Student Initiative: Implications for Provincial Public Higher Education” Creative Education (forthcoming, 2019)

“Prices at the Pump: Competition or Collusion: Evidence from British Columbia” Proceedings of the International Business and Economics Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 9, 2003.

“The Golden Thread of Innovation and Northern Ireland’s Evolving Innovation System” with P. Cooke and S. Roper Regional Studies Vol. 37, No. 4, June 2003, p. 365-397.

Developing a Regional Innovation Strategy for Northern Ireland, with P. Cooke and S. Roper, Northern Ireland Economic Council Research Monograph 8, October 2001.

“NAFTA, Latin America, and the Caribbean: Review Essay” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, September 1997. ”

“Infrastructure and Canadian Economic Growth, 1946-1991” Canadian Journal of Economics, Special Issue, Part 1, April 1996, p.350-55.

“NAFTA and Manufacturing Trade Diversion: Implications for Public Policy” in C. Paraskevopoulos, R. Grinspun and G. Eaton, eds., Economic Integration in the Americas, Edgar Elgar Press, 1996.

“Partial Equilibrium Estimates of Manufacturing Trade Creation and Diversion due to NAFTA” North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Vol. 6 (1) 1995, p. 65-84.

“Infrastructure and Canadian Economic Growth” Canadian Business Economics Vol. 3, No. 2, Jan-March (Winter) 1995, pp. 40-52.

“Infrastructure and Economic Performance: Comment”, in J. Mintz and R. Preston, Infrastructure and Competitiveness Tenth John Deutsch Roundtable on Economic Policy, John Deutsch Institute, Queen’s University, 1994, p. 205-210.

“Pacific Asian Economic Implications of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement” with R.F. Wylie, Proceedings of the 33rd. International Congress of Asian and North African Studies, Queenston, Ontario, Edwin Mellon Press, 1992.

“Indigenous Technological Adaptation in Canadian Manufacturing 1900-1929” Canadian Journal of Economics Vol. 23, No. 4, November 1990, pp. 755-72.

“Scale-Biased Technological Development in Canada’s Industrialization 1900-1929” Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 72, No. 2, May 1990, pp. 219-27.

“Technological Adaptation in Canadian Manufacturing 1900-1929” Journal of Economic History Vol. 49, No. 3, September 1989, pp. 569-591.

“The Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement: Implications for Pacific Asian Business” with R.F. Wylie, Proceedings of the 1989 International Symposium on Pacific Asian Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1989.

“The Free-Trade Issue in Canada’s Relations with the United States” with R.F. Wylie, in R. Aronson, R.J. Thornton and T. Hyclack, eds., Canada at the Crossroads: Essays on Canadian Political Economy Greenwich, CT, JAI Press, 1988, pp. 81-114.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Chair of the BC Economics Articulation Committee


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