Finances of the Nation: Data-driven policy analysis for Canada

The project will foster high-quality analysis of taxation and other public policies in Canada. We will assemble data on public finances of governments in Canada and, to make them more useful for policy analysis, we will transform the data to make them consistent over time and across geographic units of Canada. We will make the data readily available to researchers, policymakers, journalists, and others through an online open data portal.

Modeling Default Risk for a Small Lender using Machine Learning

Individuals with limited or poor credit history are often unable to access credit from traditional sources such as banks. While some alternative lenders will provide credit to such individuals, these lenders typically lack reliable sources of information which can be used to accurately assess the risk that the loans they make will not be repaid, and thus tend to charge very high rates of interest to compensate for the uncertainty involved on such loans.

Economic impact and feasibility analysis of public investments in broadband connectivity, and in other sectors

Interns will perform research leading to the design or the implementation of new economic strategies that can be utilized in the design, financing, monitoring and evaluation of projects at different stages. Specifically, interns will work on an analysis of equitable access to broadband connectivity in Kingston, ON, as part of the City’s plan to expand broadband access. By analyzing the benefits of broadband access and where gaps currently exist, the research will result in policy recommendations.

Behavioural finance profiling for financial advisors and clients

The purpose of this study is to develop a structural model that enhance the effectiveness of the financial advisory services. The primary value proposition Betterworth wants to demonstrate to the financial institution is how the betterworth platform will make financial advisors’ more efficient, enabling them to attend to more clients, cut their operational costs, target better solutions, enhance retention and sell additional products/services – ie. boost and extend the CLV (customer lifetime value).

Financial and Economic Analysis for the Integration of Wind Generation into Electricity Grids

This research effort will measure the impacts that the introduction of wind farms have had on the amount of electricity generated by natural gas fired thermal plants, hydro generation, nuclear generation or the quantities of electricity exported. For this analysis the historical operating information from the Province of Ontario’s electricity system will be used. An ex-post evaluation will be carried out for one or more wind farms operating in Ontario to identify the important parameters that determine the economic feasibility of such investments.

Global Dynamic Financial CGE Model

This project aims to develop a dynamic financial computable general equilibrium model (CGE) with interaction between real and financial side of the world economy. It seeks to understand how monetary policy changes such as interest rate changes, QE measures, and exchange rate changes affect the real economy by applying the financial dynamic CGE model. This project collaborates with the partner organization--the Infinite-Sum Modeling Inc.—to build a CGE-FDI database and to develop the financial CGE model. 

Comparing the value of country foods with other food provisioning systems in Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories.

How can we describe and value harvesting, processing and sharing (costs as well as benefits) country foods in economic, nutritional, environmental and socio-cultural terms? How can we compare the value of country food with food that comes from other provisioning systems (e.g. imported/market-based foods and local food production)?

Assessing statistical bias in credit markets, an application to SMEs

This research project aims to evaluate whether members of minority groups or women face higher barriers to access credit in the small and medium-sized enterprises credit market. The intern will analyze loan-level data provided by the business partner to evaluate whether these biases are detectable in the portfolio of SME loans of the business partner. Discrimination in credit allocation prevents efficient credit allocation, besides being demeaning for the individual subject to discrimination.

Trade promotion forecasting and optimization

This project addresses two specific challenges related to promotional planning in the consumer-packaged goods sector. The first output will be to develop and evaluate models that statistically predict the impact of Unilever promotions on category and product share across different retailers. This effort will lead to the creation of trade promotion optimization techniques that enables planning of promotional activities.

New economic strategies for the design, analysis, and evaluation of international projects and development of teaching materials

The objective of the research is to provide international development agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with decision making and evaluation tools that are practical and, at the same time, are based on sound academic foundations. These tools are specific to a sector, such as nutrition, and a country, such as Guatemala. The resulting documents will assist analysts in design of international development projects as well as their assessment, monitoring, and evaluation.

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