CHEPA member Phil DeCicca has been awarded a 2008 John Charles Polanyi Prize in economics from the Ontario government. He was one of five recipients of the $20,000 awards that are granted to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their careers.
DeCicca, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, earned his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 2005. The prize will enable him to expand his research on the impact of incentives in public policies and programs on individual behaviour. His current research in health economics builds on an existing interest in the impact of excise taxes and other policies on smoking behaviour.
Other recent work involves research on the relationship between economic fluctuations and health, the existence of competitive spillovers in public health insurance programs, and the impact of health insurance on self-employment decisions.
The John Charles Polanyi Prizes were established by the Ontario government in 1986, to be awarded to researchers in the areas of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and economic science. They are named in honour of the co-recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Recipients are chosen by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.
"Supporting their research is key to developing and keeping talented knowledge workers,” said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “In honouring these researchers' early achievements and confidently anticipating their future discoveries, we are cultivating a unique resource benefiting all Ontario."