Anthony Heyes

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Economics

Tier 1 - 2011-08-01
University of Ottawa
Social Sciences and Humanities

613-562-5800, ext./poste 1135

Coming to Canada from

Department of Economics, Royal Holloway College, University of London, U.K.

Research involves

Analyzing environmental policy in Canada and around the world through comparisons of different approaches and economic analyses.

Research relevance

This research will lead to a better understanding of how environmental rules and regulations are developed and their economic efficiency.

How Can we Make Better Environmental Policies?

Environmental protection has become one of the primary areas of policy-making in Canada and abroad over the past two decades. But how can we determine whether environmental policies are efficient and well-designed?

Enter Dr. Anthony Heyes, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Economics, who is seeking to increase understanding of environmental regulation and policy design in Canada and around the world. Heyes is using cutting-edge economic methods to determine what sound environmental policy looks like.

As part of his research, Heyes is comparing the performance of various policy instruments and approaches to environmental policy. Among other things, he is examining whether a green tax works better than a system of tradable permits.

Heyes is also examining the implications of recent advances in behavioural economics in the way environmental policies are designed and implemented. In addition, he is conducting an economic analysis of the roles that green non-governmental organizations and citizen groups can play in the design and delivery of environmental policies.

Heyes’ research will lead to improved understanding of how efficient environmental policies can be developed.