Ross Hickey

Associate Professor

Office: ART 229
On Leave Until: July 1, 2020
Phone: 250.807.8653

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Research Summary

Public finance and political economy; fiscal policy (government expenditure and taxation) and how it is influenced by interactions within a hierarchy of governments (municipal, provincial and federal); elections; lobbying activity.

Courses & Teaching

Public finance; empirical economics; macroeconomics. Specifically: ECON 327 - Introduction to Empirical Methods; ECON 328 - Methods of Empirical Research; ECON 102 - Principals of Macroeconomics.


I am an assistant professor of economics in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, British Columbia. My research focuses on charities, lobbying, and other aspects of public finance and political economy. I teach public sector economics as well as introductory macroeconomics.

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PhD, Simon Fraser University

Selected Publications & Presentations

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Selected Publications:

Doberstein, Carey, Hickey, Ross and Eric Li. “Nudging NIMBY: Do positive messages regarding the benefits of increased housing density influence resident stated housing development preferences?” Land Use Policy, 54 (July 2016): 276-289

Hickey, Ross. “Intergovernmental Transfers with Re-election Concerned Politicians”, Economics of Governance, 16.4 (2015): 331-351.

Fu, Chunling and Ross Hickey “The Costs of Regulatory Federalism: does provincial labor market regulation impede the integration of Canadian immigrants?”, Journal of International Migration and Integration, 16.4 (2015): 987-1002.

Hickey, Ross. “Bicameral Bargaining and Federation Formation”, Public Choice, 154.3 (March 2013): 217-241.

Battisti, Michele, Jane Friesen and Ross Hickey. “Funding Special Education: Incentives and Outcomes in British Columbia”. Canadian Public Policy, 38.2 (June 2012): 147-166.

Hickey, Ross and David Jacks. “Nominal Rigidities and Retail Price Dispersion in Canada over the Twentieth Century”. Canadian Journal of Economics, 44.3 (August 2011): 749-780.

Friesen, Jane, Ross Hickey and Brian Krauth. “Disabled Peers and Academic Achievement”, Education Finance and Policy, 5.3 (Summer 2010): 317-348.

Projects in Preparation: Charitable Giving, Lobbying, Crime


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