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Associate Director at VERC & Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Academic Background

BA (University of Western Ontario), MA (Queen’s University), PhD (University of Alberta)


After graduating with a PhD from the University of Alberta in 1995, Dr. Tracy Snoddon joined the Economics Department at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Snoddon’s research is concentrated in the areas of public economics and public policy, emphasizing issues relating to fiscal federalism, intergovernmental grants and equalization. There are unique challenges to the design and implementation of public policy in federal and federal-like states. In Canada, federal and provincial governments jointly occupy all major tax fields, expenditure responsibilities are constitutionally determined and sometimes shared, and intergovernmental grants from federal to provincial governments are a significant feature of the fiscal and political landscape. Dr. Snoddon’s recent work focuses specifically on climate change policies, on elderly drivers and licensing reform in Canada, and on the tradeoffs between centralized and decentralized policy approaches in federal states. As an expert on equalization in Canada, she has participated in numerous roundtables and workshops sponsored by Finance Canada, the Privy Council’s Office, the C. D. Howe Institute, and the Expert Panel on Equalization.

Research Interests

Public economics; Fiscal dimensions of climate change policy; Intergovernmental grants; Equalization