Laurel Wheeler, PhD, MA, MSc, BA

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Economics Dept

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Economics Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Indigenous Economics Labor Economics Development Economics Urban Economics


I am an applied microeconomist with research interests in development and labor economics. I hold a PhD and an MA in economics from Duke University, an MSc in economics for development from the University of Oxford, and a BA in political science from the University of Florida. I was born and raised in the sunny state of Florida. 

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I study issues of poverty and inequality in low-income countries and in North America. My research is empirical and conducted with a view toward informing policy. My current research agenda focuses on Indigenous economic development and labor markets in low-income countries.


Winter 2021

ECON 251 - Indigenous Economics

ECON 451/612 - Indigenous Economic Development

Fall 2020

ECON 462/ECON 603 - Urban Economics

Winter 2020

ECON 203 - Indigenous Economics

ECON 403/612 - Indigenous Economic Development


ECON 251 - Indigenous Economics

A survey of the issues in Indigenous economies and an introduction to an economics framework for evaluating social policies that address inequality. Prerequisite: ECON 101.

Winter Term 2022

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