Emilson Silva, PhD

Professor, Alberta School of Business - Marketing, Business Economics and Law


Professor, Alberta School of Business - Marketing, Business Economics and Law
(780) 248-1312
3-40L1 Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6



Research Interests

My research investigates the design and implementation of environmental and energy policies in developed and developing economies. In my work, I build game-theoretical models to analyze the behavior of various economics agents, including industries, consumers and governments. I also attempt to test the various behavioral hypotheses that the theory generates with readily available or unique panel data sets. One of the areas of my future work is the oil and gas industry; in particular, I will study: (i) the various innovations that occur within this industry and in its competitors; (ii) the environmental impacts produced by oil and gas production; and (iii) local and federal policy making designed to stimulate production and divide the surplus. My future work will also involve combining theoretical and empirical findings in dynamic and stochastic general equilibrium models that go beyond economics - incorporating also engineering, ecology, chemistry and physics - in order to better understand and predict the interactions and dynamics of social, economic and natural systems in evolving environments in which much needed and scarce natural resources are depleted.


Teaching Interests

  • Game Theory
  • Environmental Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Development Economics
  • International Trade


BUEC 663 - Natural Resources and Energy Capstone

A project-focused course dealing with international market, business and policy issues and challenges in the energy, environment and natural resources sectors. A course designed around an international trip with a focus on knowledge integration and application to international markets through an intense set of visits with firms, organizations and government agencies. The specific content including the location of the trip and issues addressed changes from year to year. The course involves both teamwork and individual research. In exceptional circumstances students can complete an additional project if they are unable to complete the travel component of the course. The course is open only to students registered in the NREE specialization in the final year of the MBA program. Prerequisites: Completion of all core and NREE required courses, or permission from the program office.

Winter Term 2021
BUEC 860 - International Business

Understanding the globalization of business, international trade and trading blocks; planning for market entry and development; exporting, joint ventures, direct investment; developing the skills of an international manager. Restricted to Executive MBA students only.

Fall Term 2021

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