Research with Impact

Changing the rules. Economics professor, Rene Kirkegaard is Canada Research Chair in Risk Management  and Regulation (Tier II). His research investigates  the role of asymmetric information in auctions,  contests and contract negotiations.

The College of Business and Economics is a global leader in both theoretical and applied management and economics research and an innovator in the development of transformational learning methods. We are committed to engaging in research that pursues questions of relevance and importance within our disciplines, organizations, industries and communities, but also to the translation of this knowledge, and the encouragement of its application to our various stakeholders.  

Learn more about our research:

economics researchfood and agribusiness researchmarketing and consumer behaviour researchhospitality and tourism researchreal estate and housing researchorganizational behaviour researchcorporate social responsibilityfinance researchaccountability research


Ranked in the top 5% of the world for economic research output

World renowned economics research

The Department of Economics and Finance are ranked in the top 5% of the world for economic research output, according to Research Papers in Economics (RePEc).

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Climate change econometrics

Economics professor Ross McKitrick is a Research Chair at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

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A new approach to pricing cancer treatment 

Brian Ferguson's paper titled “Changing the Way We Think About Drug Prices: Insights From Economics” responds to the increased importance of personalized medicine and the shift from traditional chemical drugs to biologics.

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Food and Agribusiness

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University of Guelph's annual food price report

Every December a team of University of Guelph researchers release the Food Price Report. The report reflects on last year’s results and predicts where Canadian food prices are headed for the upcoming year, bringing food research to the public.

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Partnership with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

The University of Guelph is a natural leader in meeting the challenges of the agri-food and agri-business industry. Our decades-long partnership with OMAFRA has allowed us to produce innovative research and education, and is fundamental to our ability to continue to play a leadership role in sustaining and enhancing Canada's ever-important agri-food industry.

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Exploring economic viability of Ontario grown produce, food

Our researchers explore the economic viability of growing food in Ontario that is typically grown in foreign markets, such as hazelnuts, and Chinese eggplant.

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Marketing and Consumer Behaviour

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Understanding the effects of cigarette advertising

Professor Timothy Dewhirst spoke to a Quebec parliamentary committee, regarding Bill 44 which aims to restrict the advertising of tobacco products - including e-cigarettes. Dewhirst concludes that e-cigarette advertisements communicates the same lifestyle messages and images that tobacco cigarette ads have used in the past. 

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What drives impulsive and compulsive shoppers

Professor Sunghwan Yi explores two types of consumer behaviours - compulsive and impulsive buyers. Yi says the two terms are often misunderstood and used interchangeably, but represent different conditions. 

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What drives innovation adoption amongst consumers

Professor Towhidul Islam’s research on consumer choice and innovation diffusion is crucial to understanding how innovations will be accepted by consumers.

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Hospitality and Tourism 

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The driving forces behind sustainable tourist destinations

Since the 1970's, more attention has been paid to the environmental and social impacts of tourism and how it can become a more sustainable industry. It’s an issue that, according to School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management professor Chris Choi, has often been at odds with economic gain.

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Exploring the challenges of rural tourism

In an OMAFRA-funded research report, a group of University of Guelph experts investigated the barriers of sustainable rural tourism and developed a framework to help strengthen and guide current and future initiatives.

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HFTM director named fellow of the Ontario Hostelry Institute

School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management director, Statia Elliot, was recognized for her dedication to and support of industry-specific training and institutional education by the Ontario Hostelry Institute.

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Real Estate and Housing

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Ranked one of the top institutions in the world for real estate research

The University of Guelph has been ranked as one of the top institutions in the world for academic leadership in the field of real estate research, according to a study featured in the Journal of Real Estate Literature.

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Exploring consumer adoption and economic viability of sustainable real estate

Professor Avis Devine's paper shows that environmentally-friendly office properties are not only more sustainable, but can also demand higher rents and lower operating costs.

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Organizational Behaviour

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Understanding downsizing activity in the Canadian workplace

Professor Nita Chhinzer says social media adds a layer of complexity when it comes to managing layoffs.

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Exploring leadership and mistreatment in the workplace

Professor Agnes Zdaniuk researches the impact of leadership on reactions to mistreatment in the workplace.

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How proper onboarding can result in happier, more productive employees

(Video) Professor Jamie Gruman discusses how employers can achieve positive outcomes at work through effective socialization.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

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Faculty, PhD Candidates win award for implementing CSR into curricula

PhD Management candidates, Josh Leblanc and Ruben Burga, and Professor, Davar Rezania have won the MED Barry Armandi Award for Best Student Paper in Management Education and Development for the paper submitted to the Academy of Management.

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We are signatories and champions to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education

In 2016, the College of Business and Economics submitted its Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative of the UN's Global Compact. A central commitment of any institution participating in the initiative, the SIP report serves as a public vehicle for information on responsible management education and is an effective tool for facilitating dialogue among stakeholders and fellow signatories of PRME.

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Understanding the determinants of international portfolio flows

Finance professor Ilias Tsiakas researches empirical finance in the fields of international finance and foreign exchange, portfolio choice and empirical asset pricing, and financial econometrics.

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Exploring how private information affects foreign exchange trading

Professor Nikola Gradojevic investigates the impact of private information on foreign exchange trading.

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Graduate student studies accountability in sports organizations

MBA graduate Justin Toth wins Best Student Paper at ASAC Conference exploring the topic of accountability and what it means in a sport organization for a team coach. 

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Determining the undetected unintentional errors in audited financial statements

Professor Louise Hayes investigates the associations between financial restatements and characteristics of the parties responsible for preventing and detecting unintentional errors, i.e., boards, management, and auditors.

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