Economic professors win major writing award
Two Queen’s professors have won one of the most prestigious Canadian economic writing awards, the 2012 Doug Purvis Memorial Prize.
Economics professors Charles Beach and the late Alan Green share the $10,000 prize with Carleton University’s Christopher Worswick for their groundbreaking book on immigration policy reform called Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach.
The prize is named for Doug Purvis, a former Queen’s economics professor who passed away in the early 1990s.
“I am certainly very honoured to receive this prize, not least because it is in memory of Doug Purvis, a long-time colleague of mine at Queen's,” says Dr. Beach.
The book assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the current point system used to screen new arrivals to Canada, identifies the policy levers that affect the attributes and success rates of new arrivals, and shows how changing various criteria would likely affect immigrant earnings.
The award goes to the writers of “a highly significant, written contribution to Canadian economic policy.” In its announcement, the Canadian Economics Association jury stated: “While there is rarely a direct relationship between policy research and political decisions, it seems clear that the Beach, Green and Worswick research has had an influence on the government decision to recast immigration rules and processes.”
Dr. Green passed away in November 2010 before the book was completed and published by the C.D. Howe Institute in October 2011.
Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy was also shortlisted for this year’s $50,000 Donner Book Prize which annually rewards excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadians.