John Livernois | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

John Livernois

Department of Economics and Finance
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John Livernois’ research interests are in the economics of natural resources and the environment with a focus on issues related to benefits and cost assessment, taxation, regulation and enforcement.  He received a BA (Honours) from the University of Toronto (1976) and MA (1978) and PhD (1984) from the University of British Columbia.  He has published in leading journals, served on the editorial boards of the journals for the American Association of Resource and Environmental Economists and the Canadian Economics Association, and has co-authored a senior undergraduate textbook published by the MIT Press.  In addition, he founded the Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics study group and organized its founding conference in 1991.  He is a member of the Science Advisory Board for the International Joint Commission and has worked with and advised public agencies such as the National Roundtable on the Economy and the Environment, the Walkerton Inquiry, the federal Department of Finance and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.  He served as the University’s Associate Vice-President, Research from 2012 to 2018 and Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance from 2003 to December 2011. 

Selected Publications:


Livernois, John and R. Uhler, “Extraction Costs and the Economics of Non-Renewable Resources”, Journal of Political Economy, February 1987, pp. 195-203

Livernois, J. and D.L. Ryan, “Testing for Non-Jointness in Oil and Gas Exploration: A Variable Profit Function Approach”,International Economic Review, 30(2), May 1989, pp. 479-504

Livernois, J. and C.J. McKenna, “Truth or Consequences: Enforcing Pollution Standards with Self-Reporting”, Journal of Public EconomicsVol. 73 No. 3, 1999: 415- 40

Livernois, J. and P. Martin, “Price, Scarcity Rent, and a Modified r-Percent Rule for Nonrenewable Resources”, Canadian Journal of Economics Vol 34 No. 3, 2001: 827-45.

Livernois, J., H. Thille and X. Zhang, “A Test of the Hotelling Rule using Old-Growth Timber Data”, Canadian Journal of Economics, February 2006, vol 39 Issue 1: 163-186.

Livernois, J. “The Empirical Significance of the Hotelling Rule”, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy Winter 2009 Vol. 3: 22 – 41

Livernois, J. “The Economics of Ending Canada’s Commercial Harp Seal Hunt”, Marine Policy 2010, Vol 34, No. 1: 42- 53.

Livernois, J. and Arian K. Moghadam, “The Abatement Cost Function for a Representative Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program”, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 15, Issue 5, July 2010: 285-297

Livernois, J. and H. Thille, “Empirical Evidence on the Theory on Nonrenewable Resource Economics”, in Halvorsen, Robert and D. Layton, Handbook on the Economics of Natural Resources, 2015, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.