Associate Professor and Department Chair


Office: GCS 348
Office Hours:
   Wednesday 1100-1230
Friday 1300-1400
On leave winter 2017
Phone: 705.748.1011 ext. 7897
Email: blew at

COURSES 2016/2017

ECON 2610H  The Canadian Economy

ECON 3110H  International Trade


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


Byron Lew and Bruce Cater. 2016. "Farm Mechanization on an Otherwise 'Featureless' Plain: Tractor Adoption on the Northern Great Plains and Immigration Policy of the 1920s." Cliometrica. early view.

Bruce Cater, Byron Lew, and Marcus Pivato. 2016. The Efficiency of Tenure Contracts in Academic Employment. Journal of Public Economic Theory. early view.

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.

Saud A. Choudhry and Byron Lew. 2013. Tourism As A Development Tool: Evolving Global Trends And Emerging Options. Briefing Notes in Economics 88 (March/April).

B. Mak Arvin and Byron Lew. 2013. Development Aid, Corruption, and the Happiness of Nations. Applied Econometrics and International Development 12(2). 69-78.

_____. 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.


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" March 2016.

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."