Economics

Dr. Alfred Kong

Simon Fraser University

Ph.D. in Economics, 2011

University of Toronto

Master of Arts in Economics, 2005

University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 2004


Research Papers

“Obesity and School Performance Among Children in Canada” June 2011

“The Effect of Retirement on Health” with Byron Lee July 2011

“Peer Effects on Obesity Among Adolescents” July 2011


Awards

  • President’s Ph.D. Research Stipend, Summer 2009
  • Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, Summer 2006 UBC Undergraduate Scholarship, 2002, 2003
  • Dean’s List, University of British Columbia, 2002, 2003

Dr. Josiah Akinsanmi

Dr. Josiah Akinsanmi has over 20 years of experience working in British Columbia colleges and American universities, teaching a number of quantitative business courses including Business Math, Business Statistics, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics, Principles of Finance (Financial Management), Corporate Finance, Production Management and Management Science (Quantitative Decision Analysis). Knowledgeable and articulate in teaching international students with various academic and cultural backgrounds, he takes pride in adapting teaching strategies to various learning styles. Dr. Akinsanmi also has extensive experience at the senior administrative level in Program Coordinator and Registrar positions.

Dr. Akinsanmi participates actively in community events and activities, organizing seminars and information sessions on issues relating to personal health, immigrant integration and fundraising for foundations such as sickle cell anemia, cancer, and diabetes.

Discipline

Business and Economics

Education

  • MBA (Finance Concentration), Oregon State University
  • PhD (Agricultural Economics), Oregon State University
  • MS (Agricultural Economics), University of Arkansas
  • BS (Agricultural Engineering), Oregon State University

Dr. Rocky Mirza

Dr. Rocky M. Mirza has a Ph.D. in economics from Simon Fraser University and a B.Sc. in economics from the University of London. Dr. Mirza has written four books on economics, politics and history since 2006. The books are:

  • Rise and Fall of the American Empire: a Re-Interpretation of History, Economics and Philosophy; 1492-2006
  • American Invasions: Canada to Afghanistan: 1175 to 2010
  • How the west was won and lost: Athenian Democracy to the BRICS: 5th Century BCE to 2016
  • Understanding the Global Shift, the Popularity of Donald Trump, Brexit and Discontent in the West: Rise of the Emerging Economies: 1980 to 2018.

These books re-interpret history and Western colonizations, from a non-Western, Third World, perspective. They are great summaries of a long historical period, from Alexander the Great to the rise of Emerging Economies like China. Dr. Mirza has also co-authored textbooks and study guides in microeconomics and macroeconomics and written several courses for Thompson Rivers University. He is currently an Open Learning Faculty Member of Thompson Rivers University. Dr. Mirza also teaches at Corpus Christi College and University Canada West. While teaching at Corpus Christi College in the Spring of 2019, Dr. Mirza wrote and taught online courses in micro and macro principles, using Canvas.

Discipline

Economics

Education

Ph. D. Economics, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby B.C.
Thesis: The Influence of Marketing Activity in Macroeconomics

B.Sc. Economics, University of London, London, England.

Publications

Books

Rocky M. Mirza: Rise and Fall of the American Empire: A Re-interpretation of History, Economics and Philosophy: 1492-2006, Trafford Publishing, 2007

Rocky M. Mirza: American Invasions: Canada to Afghanistan: 1775 to 2010, Trafford Publishing, 2010

Rocky M. Mirza: How the West was Won and Lost: Athenian Democracy to the BRICS: 5th Century BCE to 2016, Trafford Publishing, 2016

Rocky M. Mirza: Understanding the Global Shift, the popularity of Donald Trump, Brexit and Discontent in the West: Rise of the Emerging Economies: 1980 to 2018, Trafford Publishing, 2019

Willis, J.F., Primack, M.L. and Mirza, R.M., Explorations in Microeconomics, First Canadian edition, CAT Publishing, Redding, California, 1991

——————————————————, Explorations in Macroeconomics, First Canadian edition, CAT Publishing, Redding, California, 1992

Mirza, R.M., Willis, J.F. and Primack, M.L., Explorations in Microeconomics, A Study Guide, First Canadian edition, CAT Publishing, Redding, California, 1991

——————————————————, Explorations in Macroeconomics, A Study Guide, First Canadian edition, CAT Publishing, Redding, California, 1992

Articles

Maki, D.R., Williams, F. C. and Mirza, R.M., Economic Benefits of Improved Television Services to Remote British Columbia Communities, Canada, Department of Communications, March, 1976

Mirza, R.M. On Keynesian Economics and the Economics of Keynes, S.F.U. Discussion Papers, September, 1973

Special Studies

“Manpower Requirements of the B.C. Construction Industry.” Joint Study prepared with J. Schuff for the B.C. Ministry of Labour, October, 1978

“Price Index for T.A.’s at Simon Fraser University, 1962-1974.” Prepared for the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Simon Fraser University, March, 1976

Papers Presented

“Marketing Activity and Aggregate Demand,” presented at the Meetings of the Canadian Economic Association, Quebec City: June, 1976

Book Reviews

Lipsey, R. G., Ragan, C.T.S. and Courant, P.N., Microeconomics, Ninth Canadian edition, Addison-Wesley Publishers, 1997

———————————————————–, Macroeconomics, Ninth Canadian edition, Addison-Wesley Publishers, 1997

Armstrong, Muriel, The Canadian Economy and its Problems, third edition

Foster, B.A. and Tisdell, C.A., Economics in Canadian Society: Principles and Applications

Daly, Don, Managerial Economics: A Canadian Perspective

ECON 202: Principles of Macroeconomics

Elements of the theory of macroeconomics and of Canadian institutions and policy concerning the cycles of business and economic growth, national income accounting, interest and exchange rates, money and banking, and the balance of trade.

ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics

Elements of the theory of microeconomics and of Canadian institutions and policy concerning markets, market behaviour, prices, costs, exchange of trade, competition and monopoly, and distribution of income.

ECON 102: Principles of Macroeconomics

Elements of the theory of macroeconomics and of Canadian institutions and policy concerning the cycles of business and economic growth, national income accounting, interest and exchange rates, money and banking, and the balance of trade.

ECON 201: Principles of Microeconomics

Elements of the theory of microeconomics and of Canadian institutions and policy concerning markets, market behaviour, prices, costs, exchange of trade, competition and monopoly, and distribution of income.

ECON 205: Current Canadian and Global Economic Issues

This course studies current global economic issues which impact the Canadian economy. These issues relate mostly to international trade, exchange rates and capital flows but can include environmental issues such as global warming, shifts to clean and renewable energy, political instability in countries with trade and other relationships with Canada, formation of regional trading areas such as USMCA, and the shift of trade from developed to emerging economies. Other relevant topics covered include the behavior of world interest rates and changes in global financial institutions or reserve currencies.

ECON 206: Money and Banking

The course introduces students to the economics of money, banking and financial markets in the Canadian context. It covers areas of financial markets, financial Institutions, management of financial institutions, central banking and the conduct of monetary policy, international finance and monetary policy. Specifically, it analyses a broad range of topics including the behavior, risk and term structure of interest rates; financial structure and regulations; banking and management of financial institutions; the central bank and roles played the banking systems during the financial crises; the central bank’s use of monetary policy to influence the economy; and the principles of foreign exchange market in international finance.