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Alison Grant

M.Sc. Graduate


Alison Grant is in her second year of the MSc program in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics. She is currently working with Professor Brady Deaton on her thesis topic . Her thesis focuses specifically on determining the impact of aggregate sites (pits and quarries) on nearby property values in Wellington County, Ontario. Currently, there is anecdotal and appraisal information about changes in property values near aggregate sites but no statistical evidence at a county or provincial level of such effects. Nearby residents may be concerned that a development of an aggregate extraction site might lead to a decline in their residential property value. Our work seeks to shed some light or gain some information regarding the impact of these sites. Alison also works with Dr. Brady Deaton and Dr. Richard Vyn on a large-scale farmland value literature review for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Alison became excited about resource economics in her undergraduate degree major in Economics and Environmental Policy at the University of Guelph. This interest only grew larger when she worked as an impact fellow looking at water markets at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, in the summer of 2015. In her spare time, Alison enjoys running, biking, listening to podcasts, and reading political literature. Her office is located in the basement of the J.D. MacLachlan building (Room 008).