Faculty Research & Publications

Some current faculty research areas include:

  • Economics of professional sports
  • Socio-economic implications of bioproducts and bioprocesses
  • Farm-level decision-making analysis and risk
  • Labour markets and migration
  • Economics of information and internal migration
  • Economics of higher education.
  • Accessibility of lesser developed countries to financial markets, debt crises
  • International trade and trade barriers in agriculture
  • Antitrust law and economics, competition policy
  • Agricultural economy in the dairy markets
  • Government spending and grants on private research
  • Natural resource economics, trade in precious commodities

Some recent faculty publications include: 


Tran. K.C. and E.G. Tsionas (2016), “Series Estimation of Functional-Coefficient Partially Linear Regression Model.” Communications in Statistics: Theory and Methods (Forthcoming).

Tran, K.C. and E.G. Tsionas (2016), “Zero-Inefficiency Stochastic Frontier Models with Varying Mixing Proportion: A Semiparametric Approach.” European Journal of Operational and Research, 249, pp. 1113-1123.

Finnie, R., Mueller, R.E., & Sweetman, A. 2016. “The Cultural Determinants of Access to Post-Secondary (Higher) Education in Canada: Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications,“ in B. Jongbloed & H. Vossensteyn (Eds.). Access and Expansion Post-Massification: Opportunities and Barriers to Further Growth in Higher Education Participation. London and New York: Routledge, 150-178.

D.W. Rockerbie, “Fighting as a Profit Maximizing Strategy in the American Hockey League”, forthcoming in Breaking the Ice: The Economics of Hockey edited by Bernd Frick (University of Paderborn), Springer Press, 2016.

D.W. Rockerbie, “The Demand for Violence in Professional Hockey: Further Evidence”, Applied Economics, forthcoming 2016. Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00036846.2015.1078446.

D.W. Rockerbie, “Exploring Inter-League Parity in North America: The NBA Anomaly”, Journal of Sports Economics, forthcoming 2016. Available at http://jse.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/17/1527002514529795


Tran, K.C. and E.G. Tsionas (2015), “Endogenous Stochastic Frontier Models: Copula Approach without External Instruments.” Economics Letters, 133, pp. 85-88.

Wang, Jinxia, K.K. Klein, Henning Bjornlund, Lijuan Zhang and Wencui Zhang. 2015. Changing to more efficient irrigation technologies in southern Alberta (Canada). Water International 40(7): 1040-1058.

Childs, S., Finnie, R., & Mueller, R.E. 2015. “Why Do So Many Children of Immigrants Attend University? Evidence for Canada,” Journal of International Migration and Integration.

Finnie, R., Mueller, R.E., & Wismer A. 2015. “Access and Barriers to Post-secondary Education in Canada: Evidence from the YITS,” Canadian Journal of Higher Education 45(2), 229-62.


D.W. Rockerbie, S.T. Easton, 2014. The run to the pennant: A multiple equilibria model of a professional sports league. Springer Press.

D.W. Rockerbie, 2014. Exploring inter-league parity in North America: the NBA anomaly. Forthcoming in the Journal of Sports Economics.

Tsionas, E.G., K.C. Tran (2014), “On the Joint Estimation of Heterogeneous Technologies, Technical and Allocative Inefficiency.” Econometric Reviews. Published on line: October 21, 2014.

Darku, A.B., S. Malla and K.C. Tran (2014), “Sources and Measurement of Agricultural Productivity and Efficiency in Canadian Provinces: Crops and Livestock.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economic. Published on line: February 28, 2015

Tran, K.C. (2014), “Series Estimation of functional Coefficient Partially Linear Dynamic Panel Data Model with Fixed Effects.” Economics Bulletin, 34, pp. 1751-1761.

Ali, Md. Kamar and K. K. Klein. 2014. Water use efficiency and productivity of the irrigation districts in Southern Alberta. Water Resources Management 28(10): 2751-2766.

Ali, Md. Kamar and K. K. Klein. 2014. Implications of current and alternative water allocation policies in the Bow River Sub Basin of Southern Alberta. Agricultural Water Management 133: 1-11.

Mueller, R.E. 2014. “Wage Differentials of Males and Females in Same-sex and Different-sex Couples in Canada, 2006-2010,” Canadian Studies in Population 41(3-4), 105-16.

Finnie, R., Mueller, R.E., & Sweetman A. 2014. “Beyond Financial Considerations: Culture and Access to Canadian Post-Secondary Education,“ Public Sector Digest, June.


Tran, K.C. and E.G. Tsionas (2013), “GMM Estimation of Stochastic Frontier Model with Endogenous Regressors.” Economics Letters, 118, pp. 233-236.

Firat Bilgel and K.C. Tran (2013), “The Determinants of Provincial Health Expenditures: Evidence from a Dynamic Panel.” Applied Economics, 45, pp. 201-212.

R.E. Mueller, Evidence from the 2007 National Apprenticeship Survey,” Canadian Apprenticeship Journal 8, 88-106.

Laporte, C., & Mueller, R.E.2013.“The Completion Behaviour of Registered Apprentices in Canada: Who Continues, Who Quits, and Who Completes Programs?” Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 5(1) (http://www.ervet-journal.com/content/5/1/1).

Hunt, G.L., & Mueller, R.E.2013. “Fiscal Policy, Returns to Skill, and Canada-U.S. Migration: Evidence from the Late-1990s,” Canadian Public Policy 39(1), 153-82.

Mueller, R.E. 2013. “A Note on Canadian Migration to the United States During the 1980s and 1990s,” Applied Economics 45(22), 3197-3210.

D.W. Rockerbie and S.T. Easton, The Run to the Pennant: A Multiple Equilibria Approach to Professional Sports Leagues, New York: Springer, 2013.


Mahbobi, M. and K.C. Tran (2012), “A Short-Run AVAR Trade Model Between Canada and US: A Case of Live Cattle Trade.” Empirical Economics Letters, 11, pp. 725-738.

Delis, M., K.C. Tran and E.G. Tsionas (2012), “Quantifying and Explaining Parameter Heterogeneity in the Capital Regulation-Bank Risk Nexus.” Journal of Financial Stability, 8 (2), pp. 57-68.

Klein, K. K., Robert Bewer, Md. Kamar Ali and S. N. Kulshreshtha. 2012. Estimating water use efficiencies for water management reform in Southern Alberta irrigated agriculture. Water Policy 14(6): 1015-1032.

Dong, Chong, Xiumei Liu and K. K. Klein. 2012. Land degradation and population relocation in Northern China. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 53(2): 163-177.

Klein, K. K.., Wen Yan and Danny G. Le Roy. 2012. Estimating the incremental gross margins due to irrigation water in Southern Alberta. Canadian Water Resources Journal 37(2): 89-103.

Qiao, Guanghua, Ting Guo and K. K. Klein. 2012. Melamine and Other Food Safety and Health Scares in China: Comparing Households With and Without Children. Food Control 26: 378-386.

He, Lixia, Theordore M. Horbulyk, Md. Kamar Ali, Danny G. Le Roy and K. K. Klein. 2012. Proportional water sharing vs. seniority-based allocation in the Bow River Basin of Southern Alberta. Agricultural Water Management 104: 21-31.

Le Roy, Danny G. and K. K. Klein. 2012. The policy objectives of a biofuels industry in Canada: An assessment. Agriculture 2: 436-451.


D.W. Rockerbie, “The Demand for Violence in Hockey” in Handbook of Sports Economics, Vol. 1 edited by Stephen Schmanske and Leo H. Kahane, Oxford University Press, 2011.

LeRoy, D., Amani Elobeid and K. K. Klein. 2011. The impact of trade barriers on mandated biofuel consumption iin Canada. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 59(3): 1-18.


Tran, K. C. and E. G. Tsionas. 2010. Local GMM estimation in dynamic panel models with varying coefficients. Econometrics Reviews 29(1): 39-61.

Bjornlund, H. 2010. Incentives and instruments for sustainable irrigation. WIT Press Series: Progress in Water Resources, Southampton, U.K.

Nicol, L., Bjornlund, H. and K. K. Klein. 2010. Private irrigators in southern Alberta: A survey of the adoption of of improved irrigation technologies and management practices. Canadian Journal of Water Resources 35(3): 339-350.

Ghazalian, P., Larue, B. and G. West. 2010. Best management practices and the production of good and bad outputs. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 58(3): 283-302.

Ghazalian, P. and R. Cardwell. 2010. Multilateral trade liberalization and FDI: An analytical framework for the implications for trading blocs. Estey Center Journal of International Law and Trade Policy 11(1): 192-212.

Darku, A. 2010. Consumption smoothing, capital controls and the current account in Ghana. Applied Economics 42(19): 2601-16.

Yelou, C., B. Larue and K.C. Tran (2010), “Estimation and Inference for Threshold Effects in Panel Data Stochastic Frontier Models.” Economic Modeling, 27, pp. 641-647.

D.W. Rockerbie and S.T. Easton, “The Ebbs and Flows of the Game: Multiple Equilibria in a Sports League Model”, Journal of Sports Economics, 11(2), 2010, 172-185.