Associate Professor and Department Chair


Office: GCS 348
Office Hours:
   Tuesday 1030-1200
Thursday 1300-1430
Phone: 705.748.1011 ext. 7897
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COURSES 2014/2015

ECON 2610H  The Canadian Economy

ECON 3110H  International Trade

ECON 4040Y   Research Methodology in Economics


  • Economic History of Canada/North America
  • Foreign Aid
  • Diffusion of Agricultural Technology
  • Trade and Technology


Saud Choudhry and Byron Lew. "The New Tourism: the Growth of a New Middle Class and the Expansion of World Tourism." April 2013

Byron Lew and Bruce Cater. "The Language of Opportunity: Canadian Inter-regional and International Migration, 1900-1930" February 2013.

Byron Lew and Bruce Cater. "Interprovincial Migration in Canada, 1911-1951, and Beyond." May 2011.

Byron Lew and Bruce Cater. "Farm Mechanization on an Otherwise 'Featureless' Plain: Tractor Adoption on the Northern Great Plains and Immigration Policy of the 1920s." February 2013.

Byron Lew and Marvin McInnis, "World War I and the Expansion of Canadian Wheat Supply."

Byron Lew and Marvin McInnis, "Guns and Butter: World War I and the Canadian Economy."


B. Mak Arvin and Byron Lew. Development Aid, Corruption, and the Happiness of Nations. Applied Econometrics and International Development Vol 12(2). forthcoming.

_____. Happiness and Air Pollution: Evidence from 14 European Countries. International Journal of Green Economics 6(3). forthcoming.

_____. 2012. Do Happiness and Foreign Aid Affect Bilateral Migrant Remittances? Journal of Economic Studies 39(2): 212--30.

_____. 2012. Life Satisfaction and Environmental Conditions: Issues for Policy. International Journal of Global Environmental Issues 12 (1): 76--90.

_____. 2011. Are Foreign Aid and Migrant Remittances Sources of Happiness in Recipient Countries? International Journal of Public Policy 7(4): 282--300.

_____. 2010. Does Happiness Affect the Bilateral Aid Flows Between Donor and Recipient Countries? European Journal of Development Research. 22(4): 546--63. Published online July 8. doi: 10.1057/ejdr.2010.28

_____. 2010. Aid and Happiness: Untangling the Causal Relationship in Nine European Donor Countires, Global Business and Economics Review. Accepted for publication, April 2010

_____. 2009. Foreign Aid and Child Educational Attainment in Developing Countries, International Journal of Education Economics and Development Vol 1. No. 2: 166--78.

_____. 2009. Happiness and Foreign Aid. Atlantic Economic Journal. Vol. 37, Issue 3/September: 325--26. DOI: 0.1007/s11293-009-9175-9.

_____. Does Democracy Affect Environmental Quality in Developing Countries? Applied Economics. Published online 19 August 2009. DOI: 10.1080/00036840802600277.

Bruce Cater, Byron Lew and Barry Smith. 2008. A Theory of Tenure-track Contracts. Education Economics 16(2): 203-18.

B. Mak Arvin and Byron Lew. 2007. Can Foreign Assistance Bring Better Air Quality to Developing Countries? International Journal of Applied Business and Economic Research Vol. 5. No.1 (June).

_____. 2007. Foreign Aid and Ecological Outcomes in Poorer Countries: An Empirical Analysis. Applied Economics Letters. 16(3): 295--9. DOI: 10.1080/13504850601018312.

Byron Lew and Bruce Cater. 2006. The Telegraph, Co-ordination of Tramp Shipping, and Growth in World Trade, 1870-1910. European Review of Economic History 10(2): 147-73.

B. Mak Arvin, Parviz Dabir-Alai and Byron Lew. 2006. Does Foreign Aid Affect the Environment in Developing Countries? Journal of Economic Development 31:1 (June) 63-87.

B. Mak Arvin, Anna Piretti and Byron Lew. 2003. Foreign Aid and Export Expansion: Testing for Causality and Cointegration. Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, No. 4: 459-92.

B. Mak Arvin, Anna Piretti and Byron Lew. 2002. Biases in the Allocation of Foreign Aid: the Case of Italy. Review of Economic Conditions in Italy No. 2 (May-August): 305-12.

B. Mak Arvin, Francisco Barillas and Byron Lew. 2002. "Is Democracy a Component of Donors' Foreign Aid Policies?" in M. Arvin (ed) New Perspectives on Foreign Aid and Economic Development. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger. p. 171-98.

Byron Lew. 2000. The Diffusion of Tractors on the Canadian Prairies: the Threshold Model and the Problem of Uncertainty. Explorations in Economic History vol. 37 (April), 189-216.