Dr. Herbert Emery, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Herb Emery is Professor of Economics and serves as Vaughn Chair in Regional Economics, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton Campus. He is also a National Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. Previously he was Professor of Economics, Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and the Program Director, Health Policy in the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary.  Dr. Emery received a BA (Honours) in Economics from Queen’s University in 1988 and a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia in 1993. He taught at the University of Calgary, 1993-2016, where he was also the Managing Editor of Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de polotiques. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Emery was the Svare Professor in Health Economics which was a joint appointment between the Department of Economics, and the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

An advisor to federal and provincial policymakers, Dr. Emery focuses his research on the development of the Canadian economy and the persistence of long-standing regional disparities. Aside from understanding the economic fundamentals of growth in a small open economy, Dr. Emery’s work incorporates political, historical, cultural and other institutional factors that have shaped Canadian development processes. The Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics he holds was initiated in the late 1980s with an endowment from the A. Murray Vaughan family. The Vaughans supported recruiting someone who could both enhance understanding of key economic issues in New Brunswick and the Maritimes, and help develop policies to increase the overall prosperity of the region. By working with governments, the private sector and non-profit organizations, the Vaughan Chair provides leadership and capacity in policy development for the region, making Atlantic Canadian provinces leaders in collaboration and creative solutions.


Research Interests: Regional Economics; Economic History; Labor Economics; Health Economics.

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