Robin Boadway, OC, FRSC

Emeritus Professor of Economics


Mail:   Department of Economics, Queen's University, Kingston Ontario Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: (613) 533-2266      Fax: (613) 533-6668      Electronic mail: boadwayr at

Personal Information

After completing secondary school in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, I received a degree in engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. From there, I went to Oxford to study economics and then to Queen's where I completed my Ph.D. I taught at Queen's University from 1973 to 2013, with year-long interruptions to take up a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago (1976-77) and to be visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (1980-81) and Universite Catholique de Louvain (1986-87). I was Head of the Department of Economics at Queen's from 1981-86, and President of the Canadian Economics Association in 1996-97. I served as Editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics from 1987-93, the German Economic Review from 1999-2002 and the Journal of Public Economics from 2003-2008. My research interests have been in the areas of public sector economics and welfare economics, with special emphasis on tax theory and policy, redistribution, fiscal federalism and cost-benefit analysis. My work includes books entitled Public Sector Economics, Welfare Economics, Canadian Tax Policy, Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Canada, Fiscal Federalism: Principles and Practice of Multiorder Governance and From Optimal Tax Theory to Tax Policy, as well as articles in academic journals. (See attached CV.[pdf format]) I have been involved in research studies for the John Deutsch Institute, the Economic Council of Canada, the World Bank, the IMF, the OECD, the Financial and Fiscal Commission in South Africa, the Canadian Tax Foundation and for Royal Commissions on the Economic Union, on Passenger Transportation and on Aboriginal Peoples, and various Canadian government departments. I was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1986 and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008, and was the Distinguished CES Fellow at the University of Munich in 2009. I am Past President of the International Institute of Public Finance.