Joanne Roberts

Social Sciences (Economics)

Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs)


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Professor Joanne Roberts did her undergraduate training at the University of Waterloo and her graduate work at Queen’s University in Canada. In 1998, she joined the faculty at the University of Toronto, and in 2008, the University of Calgary, before joining Yale-NUS in 2017. She has served as a member of the executive of the Canadian Economic Association, President of the Canadian Economics Women’s Network, and co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics. She is a previous winner of the Polanyi research prize and held the Canada Research Chair in the Economics of Organizations at the University of Calgary.

Professor Roberts is a public economist, interested in how incentives affect behaviour in broad number of situations. Her recent work has focused on legal institutions, tax evasion, and charitable giving.

“Rehabilitated or Not: an Informational Theory of Parole Decisions” with Dan Bernhardt and Steeve Mongrain, (2012) Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 28: 186-210.

“Optimal Policies and the Informal Sector” with Katherine Cuff, Nicolas Marceau and Steeve Mongrain, (2011) Journal of Public Economics, 95 (11-12): 1280-1291.

“Government Oversight of Public Universities: Are Centralized Performance Schemes Related to Increased Quantity or Quality?”
with A. Abigail Payne, (2010) Review of Economics and Statistics, 92(1): 207-212.

“Plea Bargaining with Budgetary Constraints” with Steeve Mongrain, (2009) International Review of Law and Economics (29): 8-12.

“Unemployment Insurance and Experience Rating: Insurance versus Efficiency” with Steeve Mongrain, (2005) International Economic Review 46(4): 1303-1319.

Law and Economics