Four Canadians among recipients of CIGI-INET research grants

June 9, 2011

New York, NY, and Waterloo, Canada — June 9 —Four Canadians are among 23 recipients of a total of more than $3 million in grants for research projects, announced today by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

The Canadian recipients are:

  • A Failure to Communicate? Central Bank Guidance in Good Times and Bad
    Pierre Siklos, Wilfrid Laurier University 
  • Economic Thinking and Buddhist Thinking
    Ronald Wintrobe, University of Western Ontario 
  • Policy Implications of Darwinian Versus Newtonian Views of the Economy
    Kenneth Carlaw, University of British Columbia 
  • The Political Economy of the New "Fiscalism"
    Mario Seccareccia, University of Ottawa

CIGI, based in Waterloo, Ontario, is an independent, nonpartisan think tank addressing international governance challenges. INET, based in New York, is an organization created to promote changes in economic theory and practice through conferences, grants, and education initiatives. 

In response to the inadequacy of existing economic knowledge, as revealed by the current financial crisis, the CIGI-INET grant program identifies key areas in economics that require significant attention and supports the research that addresses these gaps.

The Spring 2011 Grant Program funded proposals that focused on topics including: macroeconomics and finance; monetary and financial market policy; fiscal policy; political economy; economic history; history of economic thought; trends in inequality in emerging markets; and microeconomic assumptions.

 In the Spring 2011 Grant Program, over 400 proposals were reviewed by the research jury and narrowed down to 59 finalists, from which 23 project grants and research programs were identified and approved by INET's Governing Board.  The Governing Board is continuing to review additional research programs.

 The entire field of spring 2011 grant recipients comes from 15 different countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East.

"It's exciting to see that our messages and our programs are starting to spread throughout the world, increasing both the relevance and effectiveness of INET in addressing the challenges faced by our global economy," said Dr. Robert Johnson, Executive Director of INET. 

"CIGI is proud to partner with INET to fund research into innovative solutions for the great economic challenges of the 21st century," said CIGI Executive Director Thomas A. Bernes.

For more information on the Spring 2011 Grant Program, including the full list of 23 recipients, please visit

Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 356, Email: [email protected]

Rick Keating, Keating & Co.
Tel: 212.925.6900 or 917.767.2400, Email: [email protected]

About The Centre for International Governance Innovation:

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI's interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit

About the Institute for New Economic Thinking:

The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) is dedicated to empowering and supporting the next generation of economists and scholars in related fields through Project Grants, Research Programs, academic partnerships, and conferences.  INET embraces the professional responsibility to think beyond current paradigms.  Ultimately, INET is committed to broadening and accelerating the development of innovative thinking that can lead to insights into and solutions for the great challenges of the 21st century and return economics to its core mission of guiding and protecting society.  INET was launched in October 2009 with a $50 million commitment from George Soros and is supported by individuals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of new economic thinking.  For more information please visit

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