Student Awards 2009-2010

Acadia University wins the Student Prize for Economic Policy!

Student Prize: David Chaundy (VP AAAE); Adam MacLeod (Acadia University); David Amirault (AAAE President)


February 20, 2009

Acadia University student, Adam MacLeod, won the 1st Annual Atlantic Association of Applied Economists (AAAE) Student Prize for Economic Policy. The AAAE designed this competition to encourage student interest in economic policy issues in the Atlantic Association.

MacLeod’s presentation consisted of the findings from his honours thesis, “Grand Pré National Historic Site:  An Economic Impact Assessment of a Unesco World Heritage Designation”. In his thesis, MacLeod estimated the impact of a potential United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site designation of Grand Pre National Historic Site in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. The results from his study show that a UNESCO designation at the National Historic Site of Grand Pre would be expected to increase the visitation and tourism spending in the site, hence it would have significant positive economic impact for the site and the local economy.

As one of three students in Atlantic Canada invited to present his economic policy to the AAAE, MacLeod delivered a 12-minute presentation and five-minute question and answer segment to capture his $750 cash award. The other two finalists in the competition were Jessica Shephard from Memorial University with her presentation on the East-west interprovincial migration patterns in Canada and Jean-Philippe Bourgeois from University of New Brunswick with his presentation on the distributional effects of a carbon tax in New Brunswick.