School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

W. Edmund Clark Distinguished Lecture Series on Public Policy

W. Edmund Clark was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of TD Bank Financial Group on December 20, 2002. Prior to this appointment, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of TD Bank Financial Group, role he held since July 6, 2000.

Mr. Clark joined TD Bank Financial Group as Chairman and CEO of TD Canada Trust following TD's acquisition of CT Financial Services on February 2, 2000. In this role he oversaw the successful integration of the TD and Canada Trust retail and electronic banking operations. Previously, Mr. Clark was President and Chief Executive Officer of CT Financial Services. Inc., a position he had held since January 1994. Mr. Clark initially joined CT Financial Services in 1991 as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Clark graduated from the University of Toronto in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in economics from Harvard University in 1971 and 1974 respectively.

Mr. Clark and his wife, Frances, are also proud Queen's parents, with three of their four grown children being Queen's graduates. The Clarks and their children Hugh, Bert, LLB '97, Jeannie, A/S '97 and Carrie, A/S '02 live in Toronto.

The W. Edmund Clark Distinguished Lecture Series on Public Policy was made possible through the generous donation of the Clark Family. The School of Policy Studies and the Department of Economics wish to express their gratitude to Mr. Edmund Clark and his family.

2013: Josh Angrist

Public School Reform: Are charter schools effective in improving col­lege prepa­ra­tion, col­lege atten­dance, and col­lege choice?

November 21, 2013

Josh Angrist
Ford Professor Economics, MIT

Josh Angrist | November 2013Joshua Angrist is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and a Research Associate in the NBER's programs on Children, Education, and Labor Studies. A dual U.S. and Israeli citizen, he taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before coming to MIT. Angrist received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1982 and also spent time as an undergraduate studying at the London School of Economics and as a Masters student at Hebrew University. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton in 1989. His first academic job was as an Assistant Professor at Harvard from 1989-91.

Angrist's research interests include the effects of school inputs and school organization on student achievement; the impact of education and social programs on the labor market; the effects of immigration, labor market regulation and institutions; and econometric methods for program and policy evaluation. Many of Angrist's papers use data from other countries, but he does not especially like to travel and prefers to get data in the mail. Angrist is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Econometric Society, and has served on many editorial boards and as a Co-editor of the Journal of Labor Economics. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of St Gallen (Switzerland) in 2007 and is the author (with Steve Pischke) of Mostly Harmless Economics: An Empiricist's Companion (Princeton University Press, 2009). In addition to academic work and teaching at MIT, Angrist occasionally ventures abroad to teach anEmpirical Strategies short course based on Mostly Harmless Econometrics.

Sponsored by School of Policy Studies and the Department of Economics

2013: Tiff Macklem

Rehearing Our Economic Growth

January 10, 2013

Tiff Macklem
Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada

Tiff Macklem | January 2013Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem holds degrees in economics from Queen's University and the University ofnWestern Ontario. Since 1989, he has held a series of positions in the Bank of Canada and the Department of Finance. Mr. Macklem was appointed to his current position of Senior Deputy Governor in July 2010. As Senior Deputy Governor, Mr. Macklem is the Bank's Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank. His duties include overseeing strategic planning and coordinating the Bank's operations, sharing responsibility for the conduct of monetary policy as a member of the Bank's Governing Council, chairing the Financial Stability Board’s Standing Committee on Standards Implementation, and participating in fulfilling the Bank's responsibilities for promoting financial stability.

Sponsored by School of Policy Studies and the Department of Economics

2012: Charles F. Manski

Policy Analysis with Incredible Certitude

April 2, 2012

Charles F. Manski
Board of Trustees Professor in the Department of Economics and
Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University

Charles F Manski | April 20112Charles F. Manski is the Board of Trustees Professor in the Department of Economics and Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Professor Manski's research spans econometrics, judgement and decision, and the analysis of social policy. He is author of many influential articles and books including the forthcoming Public Policy in an Uncertain World: Analysis and Decisions. He has, among other positions, served as Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, Chair of the NRC Committee on Data and Research for Policy on Illegal Drugs, is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from M. I. T. in 1970 and 1973. Visit the Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Science website at: for more details on Professor Manski.

Sponsored by School of Policy Studies and the Department of Economics

2011: Alberto Alesina

Fiscal Policy after the Great Recession

March 3, 2011

Alberto Alesina
Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Alberto Alesina | March 2011Professor Alberto Alesina is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He is a leader in the field of Political Economics and has published extensively in academic journals. He is also the author of several books including, "The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline", published by the MIT Press, and "Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference", published by Oxford University Press. Professor Alesina's research spans a wide range of topics including political business cycles, the political economy of fiscal and redistributive policies, stabilization policies, currency unions, European integration, and differences in the political and economic systems of the US and Europe.