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John Forbes Helliwell

O.C., B.Comm. (U.B.C.), M.A., D.Phil. (Oxford), D Litt (Guelph/New Brunswick), LLD (McMaster), F.R.S.C.

Personal History:

  • Born: Vancouver, August 15, 1937
  • Educated: Prince of Wales High School, Vancouver, 1950-54
  • University of British Columbia, 1954-59, Rhodes Scholar, 1959
  • St. John's College, Oxford, 1959-61 (PPE)
  • Sessional Lecturer, U.B.C., 1961-62 (Economics)
  • Research Student, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1962-64 (D.Phil. in Economics, 1965)
  • Married 1969 (Judith): with two sons, David and James

University of British Columbia

  • Professor Emeritus, 2003-
  • Professor of Economics 1971-2002
  • Associate Professor 1967-1971
  • Head of Economics Department 1989-1991
  • Member of Senate, 1989-1991, 1999-2002

Other Professional Experience:

  • Research Staff, Royal Commission on Banking and Finance, 1962-63
  • Research Staff, Royal Commission on Taxation, 1963-64
  • Lecturer, St. Peter's College, Oxford, 1964-65
  • Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1965-67
  • Econometric Research Consultant, Bank of Canada 1965-80, and Reserve Banks of Australia and New Zealand, 1971 and 1977
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm, 1979 and 1983
  • Senior Consultant, OECD, Paris, 1983-84
  • Managing Editor, Canadian Journal of Economics, 1979-82
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1980-
  • Chairman, Economic Advisory Panel to Federal Minister of Finance, 1982-84
  • President, Canadian Economics Association, 1985-86
  • Clifford Clark Visiting Economist, Department of Finance, Ottawa, 1987-89
  • Member, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1989-93
  • Member, Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation, 1989-92
  • W. L. Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard, 1991-94
  • Member of International Economic Advisory Group to Ukraine, 1994
  • Fulbright Fellow and co-chair of Canada Program, Harvard University, 1995-96
  • Christensen Fellow, St. Catherines College, Oxford, 2001
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford, 2003
  • Visiting Special Advisor, Bank of Canada, 2003-2004
  • Killam Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Policy Research, University of Calgary, Jan-April, 2005.
  • Member, National Statistics Council, 2002-
  • Arthur A.E. Child Foundation Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 2005-
  • Co-director, CIFAR Program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being, 2005-

Main Interests in Economics:

  • Quantitative macroeconomics, national and international
  • Comparative empirical studies of economic growth
  • International economics, including the effects of national borders
  • Taxation and monetary policy
  • Natural resources, energy and environmental issues
  • Economic effects of institutions, including social capital
  • Well-being and social-capital

Service to the Community:

  • Academic, community, government boards and commissions

    • Consumers Association of Canada, Economic Advisory Panel, 1970s
    • Consumers Association of Canada (B.C.), Vice-President, 1970-1974.
    • Canadian Economics Association since 1962, Member of Executive, managing editor of CJE 1979-82,
    • Vice-President 1984-85, President 1985-86
    • Econometric Society 1965-1996, Member of the Programme Committee for the Tokyo World Congress,
    • 1995
    • Vancouver Institute, Member of Executive, 1968-72
    • Western Institute for the Deaf since 1967, Board Member, 1968-70
    • Advisor on tax reform to the House of Commons Finance Committee, 1970
    • Member of Economic Advisory Panel, Consumer and Corporate Affairs, 1973-75
    • Member of Economic Advisory Panel, Time Canada, 1974-75
    • Economic Advisory Panel to the Prime Minister, 1974
    • Chair of Advisory Group to Investigate Mining Taxation in British Columbia, 1975
    • Member of Economic Advisory Panel, Macleans, 1976
    • Royal Society of Canada since 1976, no offices
    • Member of the Advisory Panel on Inflation and the Taxation of Investment Income, 1981-82
    • Chair of Economic Advisory Panel to the Federal Minister of Finance, 1982-84
    • Member of Macroeconomic Advisory Panel to the Royal Commission on Canada's Economic Prospects,
    • 1983-85. Also author of study on economic productivity and growth.
    • Energy Probe Research Foundation, Board Member, 1988-89, 1992-94
    • Member of the Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation, 1989-92
    • Member of the Senior Advisory Group to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy,
    • 1991-92
    • Member of three person International Advisory Group to the Government of Ukraine, 1994
    • Member of Academic Advisory Panel, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, 1995
    • Member of Programme Advisor Group, Canadian Ditchley Foundation, 1999-
    • Member, Academic Advisor Council on Canadian Trade Policy, Department of Foreign Affairs &
    • International Trade, Ottawa, 1999-2001
    • British Columbia Economic Forecast Council, Member 1999-02
    • Institute for Research on Public Policy, Board Member 2000-2007.
    • Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, Board Member, 2002-
  • Editorship

    • Founding Member of Editorial Board, Canadian Public Policy, 1974-77
    • Founding Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Public Economics, 1974-90
    • Managing Editor, Canadian Journal of Economics, 1979-82
    • Member of Editorial Board, Economic Modelling, 1994-
    • Executive Editor, Journal of Asian Economics, 1995-2000
    • Member of Editorial Board, Canadian Business Economics, 1995-2001
  • Consultant

    • OECD, Paris, 1984-85 and occasional
    • Bank of Canada, Ottawa, 1965-80

Awards and Distinctions:

  • Valedictorian of U.B.C. Graduating Class of 1959
  • Rhodes Scholar for British Columbia, 1959
  • Kiwanis Club Gold Medal and Prize as Head of Graduating Class, U.B.C. 1959
  • Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, 1962-64
  • Killam Senior Research Fellowship, Canada Council, 1970
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1976
  • Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Teaching, UBC, 1977 (Master Teacher Awards)
  • Jacob Biely Research Prize, U.B.C., 1978
  • Faculty of Commerce, U.B.C., Distinguished Alumnus Award 1979
  • Killam Research Prize, U.B.C., 1987
  • Officer of the Order of Canada, 1987
  • 125th Anniversary Medal, Canada, 1992
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Guelph, 1994
  • U.B.C. 75th Anniversary Award
  • Douglas Purvis Prize 1999
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, McMaster University, 2000
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of New Brunswick, 2001
  • Queen's Golden Jubilee Award, Canada, 2003
  • Donner Prize, 2002-3.