Peter Wylie

Dr. Peter Wylie was born in Kenora, Ontario and his primary and secondary school education was in Leicester, England and Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. He obtained a BSc (Econ) 1st Class Honours from The Queen’s University of Belfast, and an MA and PhD in Economics from Queen’s University, Kingston. He has published monographs and articles in economic history and performance, international economics, public policy, and regional economic competitiveness. He has 5 years professional experience outside of the university in financial services, manufacturing, and government agencies, and a total of 20 years experience in university teaching, research, service and administration, including being Chair of the Department of Economics at Okanagan University College 2003-05 and currently Head of Unit 6 Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology of the Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan. He has been a consultant to the Treasury Board of Canada, Investment Canada, the former Northern Ireland Economic Council, the BC Degree Quality Assessment Board, the former BC Open Learning Agency, and the University of Northern BC, among others. His current areas of research include public infrastructure and economic growth, manufacturing employment effects of NAFTA, regional innovation systems, and policies for sustainable regional economic development. His main areas of teaching include Canadian and world economic history, international economics and competitiveness, history of economic thought, and introductory economics. His is currently Chair of the BC Economics Articulation Committee. He is married with three children, and particularly enjoys skiing, reading, folk/rock music, walking the dog, watching (as a long-suffering Leicester City fan) English soccer on TV, and riding his bike to work. 

Unit 6 is the largest and most diverse of the Barber School Units, with (in 2009W) 9 programs, 33 permanent and 12 sessional faculty, 6500 student course registrations, and over 350 undergraduate Majors. It has over 25% of student registrations in the Barber School and over 15% of overall university student registrations. Dr. Wylie’s priorities for the Unit as Head are: New faculty hiring; seeing the introduction of Honours programs in as many of the 9 existing undergraduate Majors programs as possible; encouraging graduate students in the existing interdisciplinary program and working on establishing new MA programs within the Unit; supporting Unit staff, students and faculty members to realize and maximize their full potential in professional development, learning, research, teaching and service; promoting and facilitating healthy and harmonious human relations in the Unit; promoting and facilitating student course union activities; promoting Unit 6 courses and programs and encouraging continuous innovation in courses, programs, institutional structures, and research initiatives; and encouraging sustainable growth in student, staff and faculty numbers in the Unit.

Selected Publications

"Prices at the Pump: Competition or Collusion: Evidence from British Columbia" Proceedings of the International Business and Economics Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 9, 2003. 

“The Golden Thread of Innovation and Northern Ireland’s Evolving Innovation System” with P. Cooke and S. Roper Regional Studies Vol. 37, No. 4, June 2003, p. 365-397. 

Developing a Regional Innovation Strategy for Northern Ireland, with P. Cooke and S. Roper, Northern Ireland Economic Council Research Monograph 8, October 2001.

"NAFTA, Latin America, and the Caribbean: Review Essay" Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, September 1997. "

"Infrastructure and Canadian Economic Growth, 1946-1991" Canadian Journal of Economics, Special Issue, Part 1, April 1996, p.350-55.

"NAFTA and Manufacturing Trade Diversion: Implications for Public Policy" in C. Paraskevopoulos, R. Grinspun and G. Eaton, eds., Economic Integration in the Americas, Edgar Elgar Press, 1996. 

"Partial Equilibrium Estimates of Manufacturing Trade Creation and Diversion due to NAFTA" North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Vol. 6 (1) 1995, p. 65-84.

"Infrastructure and Canadian Economic Growth" Canadian Business Economics Vol. 3, No. 2, Jan-March (Winter) 1995, pp. 40-52. 

"Infrastructure and Economic Performance: Comment", in J. Mintz and R. Preston, Infrastructure and Competitiveness Tenth John Deutsch Roundtable on Economic Policy, John Deutsch Institute, Queen's University, 1994, p. 205-210.

"Pacific Asian Economic Implications of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement" with R.F. Wylie, Proceedings of the 33rd. International Congress of Asian and North African Studies, Queenston, Ontario, Edwin Mellon Press, 1992.  

"Indigenous Technological Adaptation in Canadian Manufacturing 1900-1929" Canadian Journal of Economics Vol. 23, No. 4, November 1990, pp. 755-72.

"Scale-Biased Technological Development in Canada's Industrialization 1900-1929" Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 72, No. 2, May 1990, pp. 219-27. 

"Technological Adaptation in Canadian Manufacturing 1900-1929" Journal of Economic History Vol. 49, No. 3, September 1989, pp. 569-591. 

"The Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement: Implications for Pacific Asian Business" with R.F. Wylie, Proceedings of the 1989 International Symposium on Pacific Asian Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1989.

"The Free-Trade Issue in Canada's Relations with the United States" with R.F. Wylie, in R. Aronson, R.J. Thornton and T. Hyclack, eds., Canada at the Crossroads: Essays on Canadian Political Economy Greenwich, CT, JAI Press, 1988, pp. 81-114. 

"When Markets Fail: Electrification and Maritime Industrial Decline in the 1920s" Acadiensis Vol. 17, Autumn 1987, pp. 74-96. 

Current Research in Progress

"Regional Innovation Systems and Strategies on the European Periphery: The Case of Northern Ireland", unpublished working paper.

"Prices at the Pump: Competition or Collusion: Evidence from British Columbia" -- unpublished working paper.

“Economic Cost of the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire” -- unpublished working paper.

Regional Innovation Systems and Strategies and Benchmarking of Regional Economic Competitiveness
Work on regional innovation systems and strategies in Canada, in particular, in the Okanagan region, using the research (survey and conceptual) methodology utilsed in my previous research for Northern Ireland. Applying theoretical and empirical methodologies such as those of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Michael Porter and Scott Stern for the United States Council for Competitiveness, and the UK Department of Trade and Industry Competitiveness Indicators, to the benchmarking of the regional competitiveness and economic performance of the Okanagan region as a knowledge driven economy.

Infrastructure and Canadian Economic Growth
Cost-benefit analysis of public infrastructure development and its links to municipal, provincial and national economic growth and development in Canada in the recent past. Updating early 1990s work with data up to 2007-08, incorporating the years of the Canada Infrastructure Works Program.

Canada-United States Free Trade and NAFTA
Examining the effects of Canada-United States/Mexico trade in manufactured goods on manufacturing employment in Canada, 1983-2008. The project involves empirical analysis of Statistics Canada trade patterns data across SIC classifications with total shipments and employment data.

The World Economy to 1800 and since 1800: Field Courses
Development of the courses ECON 330 (World Economy to 1800) and ECON 331 (World Economy since 1800) as field offerings in the United Kingdom.  This would involve taking UBC O students and others taking these courses as summer field courses to the UK to study world economic history in the context of the Industrial Revolution in the UK. Travelled to the UK May 2005, May 2006, and Nov 2007 for preliminary fieldwork purposes in connection with this project.

International Institute for Sustainable Regional Economies
Collaborating with the Okanagan Institute for Sustainable Development and other partners in Canada, the United States and Sweden on best practices on sustainable regional economic development in the Mid Sweden and British Columbia regions.

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Peter Wylie

Dr. Peter J. Wylie
Associate Professor, Economics
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
UBC Okanagan
Kelowna, BC, Canada V1V 1V7

Office: ART 314
Phone: (250) 807-9341
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E-mail: peter.wylie@ubc.ca