Professor and Department Chair

Office:  GCS 348
Office Hours:
Monday 1000-1100
Thursday 1000-1100
or by appointment
Phone:  705.748.1011 ext. 7897
Email:   blew at

COURSES 2017/2018
ECON 3100H  Economic Growth
ECON 3110H  International Trade
ECON 4041H  Research Methodology in Economics

Demonstrations Illustrating Effect of Tariffs on Welfare
Changes in Size of Tariff
Changes in Size of Importing Country (Elasticity of Export Supply)
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  • Economic History of Canada/North America
  • International Economics
  • Diffusion of Agricultural Technology
  • Trade and Technology


Bruce Cater and Byron Lew. "The Impact of Climate on the Law of One Price: A Test Using North American Food Prices from the 1920s" Canadian Journal of Economics. forthcoming.

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." Cliometrica. forthcoming, early view.

Bruce Cater, Byron Lew, and Marcus Pivato. 2017. The Efficiency of Tenure Contracts in Academic Employment. Journal of Public Economic Theory. 19(2): 331-61.

B. Mak Arvin and Byron Lew. Eds. 2015. Handbook on the Economics of Foreign Aid.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Saud Choudhry and Byron Lew. 2015. Is the Boom in East Asian Tourism Happening at the Expense of Other Destinations? A Cross-Country Analysis. The Journal of Developing Areas. 49 (3, Summer): 335-51.

B. Mak Arvin and Byron Lew. 2014. Does Income Matter in the Happiness-Corruption Relationship? Journal of Economic Studies 41(3): 469-90.

Bruce Cater, Sohee Kang, Byron Lew and Marco Pollanen. 2013. Permanent Injury and the Disability-Mitigating Effects of Education. Economics Bulletin 33(3): 2064-79.

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

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.

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.


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 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."