Challenges of Contemporary Economics

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First Name: John
Second name: Whalley
Academic title: Professor

Place of employment: Department of Economics; Faculty of Social Science, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Position: Co-Director of Centre for the Study of International Economic Relations


1958-65 Grammar School, Lancashire, England

1965-68 B.A. Hons. (1st Class) in Economics, Essex University

1968-69 M.A. (With Distinction), University of Essex

1969-73 M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University (Ph.D. awarded June 1973)

Research interests:

1. Globalization, the WTO and the global trading system; managed trade and the new protectionism; global trade in textiles, steel, and agriculture.

2. Development strategies in the third world; trade liberalization in developing countries; tax policy; distributional policy.

3. Applications of general equilibrium computational techniques to the analysis of policy issues in

taxation, international trade, and development.

4. Public Finance, the effects of taxes, sales and income taxes.

5. Global environmental issues; global warming and carbon taxes.

6. Policy Issues in Canada; tax reform, trade policy, and intergovernmental relations.

7. Calibration and the construction and assembly of consistent microeconomic data sets for use in

applied general equilibrium analysis ('general equilibrium accounting'), and their implications for

national income accounting.

8. Income and wealth distribution issues; international inequality comparisons; taxation and

redistribution; inequality, and life-cycle accumulation.

9. International aspects of taxes; tax harmonization and integration schemes, international tax

treatment of business income, tax basis issues for indirect taxes.

Publications (most important/popular):

Representative Publications

"Resist Green Protectionism - or Pay the Price at Copenhagen" (with Simon J. Evenett), in The Collapse of Global Trade, Murky Protectionism, and the Crisis: Recommendations for the G20, Richard Baldwin and Simon Evenett (eds.), London, UK: and Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), 2009, pp. 93-98.

"Goods Market Responses to Trade Shocks and Trade and Wages Decomposition," Canadian Journal of Economics, 36: 747-757, 2003, with L. Abrego.

"Discreteness and the Welfare Cost of Labour Supply Tax Distortions," International Economic Review, 44: 1117-1133, 2003, with K. Bhattarai.

"The Problem of Capital Flight from Russia," The World Economy, 421-444 (1999), with A. Abalkin.


More in cv:


  • 2012 Killam Prize Winner
  • 2009 Hellmuth Prize for Lifetime Research Achievement, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario