Canada Resarch Chair in Trade and Environment
Associate Professor, Food & Resource Economics
phone: 6048223350
fax: 6048222184
MacMillan 337
2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


University of Michigan, 1999, PhD, Economics
University of Michigan, 1996, MA, Economics
University of British Columbia, 1994, MA, Economics
University of British Columbia, 1993, BA, Hon. Economics


Dr. McAusland’s research focuses on interactions between globalization and public good provision. This research has included investigations into the impacts of trade liberalization on environmental politics, as well as the potential use of trade policy to stem damages from exotic species introductions and biological invasions. Her current research investigates how the environmental impacts of international trade vary depending on the underlying motive for trade, be it consumers’ quest for novel product varieties or firms’ need for cheap inputs. She is also examining the implications of skilled labor migration for the global provision of public goods.

Graduate Students

Applying to work with Prof. McAusland

Prof. McAusland advises Masters and PhD students through the Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems MSc and PhD programs. She also co-supervises graduate students in the Vancouver School of Economics.

Students interested in applying to work with Prof. McAusland via the ISLFS program are advised to contact her via email, sending her the following: transcripts (unofficial copies are fine) and a 2-page proposal outlining the research they would like to conduct. In general, Prof. McAusland only considers applicants whose research interests overlap with her own.

Selected Publications

See Google Scholar for a full list of publications.

Electronic copies available upon request

Aisbett, Emma and Carol McAusland. 2013, “Firm Characteristics and Influence on Government Rule-Making: Theory and Evidence,” European Journal of Political Economy 29: 214-235.

McAusland, Carol and Daniel Millimet. 2013. “Do National Borders Matter? Intranational Trade, International Trade, and the Environment.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Published online 7 November 2012.

McAusland, Carol and Peter Kuhn. 2011. “Bidding for Brains: Intellectual Property Rights and the International Migration of Knowledge Workers,” Journal of Development EconomicDOI:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2010.02.002

Aisbett, Emma, Larry Karp and Carol McAusland. 2010Compensation for Indirect Expropriation in International Investment Agreements: Implications for National Treatment and Rights to InvestJournal of Globalization and Development 1(2)

Aisbett, Emma, Larry Karp and Carol McAusland. 2010Police-powers, regulatory takings and the efficient compensation of domestic and foreign investors,” Economic Record  86(274): 367-83.

McAusland, Carol. 2010. “Globalisation’s Direct and Indirect Effects on the Environment” inGlobalisation, Transport and the Environment, Nils-Axel Braathen, ed. Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Kuhn, Peter and Carol McAusland. 2009.  “Consumers and the Brain Drain: Product and Process Design and the Gains from Emigration,” Journal of International Economics 78(2) 2009: 287-291.

Costello, Christopher, Chad Lawley and Carol McAusland. 2008. “Pre-empting NIS introductions: Targeting Policy,” Handbook on Trade and Environment, Edward Elgar press.

McAusland, Carol. 2008. “Trade, Politics, and the Environment: Tailpipe vs. Smokestack” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 55(1): 52-71.

Costello, Christopher, Mike Springborn, Carol McAusland and Andy Solow. 2007. “Unintended biological invasions: Does risk vary by trading partner?” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management54(3): 262-276.

McAusland, Carol. 2005. “Harmonizing Tailpipe Policy in Symmetric Countries: Improve the Environment, Improve Welfare?” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 50(2): 229-251

McAusland, Carol. 2005. “Learning By Doing in the Presence of an Open Access Renewable Resource: Is Growth Sustainable?” Natural Resource Modeling 18(1): 41-68.

McAusland, Carol and Christopher Costello. 2004. “Avoiding Invasives: Trade-related policies for controlling unintentional exotic species introductions” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 48(2) 2004: 954-977.

Polasky, Steve, Christopher Costello and Carol McAusland. 2004. “On Trade, Land-use, and Biodiversity” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 48(2): 911-925.

McAusland, Carol. 2004. “Environmental Regulation as Export Promotion: Product Standards for Dirty Intermediate Goods” Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 3: No. 2, Article 7.

Costello, Christopher and Carol McAusland. 2003. “Protectionism, Trade, and Measures of Damage from Exotic Species Introductions” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 85(4): 964-975.

McAusland, Carol. 2003. “Voting for Pollution Policy:  The Importance of Income Inequality and Openness to Trade” Journal of International Economics, 61(2): 425-451.

McAusland, Carol. 2002. “Cross-Hauling of Polluting Factors” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 44(3): 448-470.

Professional Affiliations

Additional Information

Dr. McAusland is the Canada Research Chair in Trade and Environment.  She is the Graduate Advisor for the Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems program, has served as an elected board member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and as co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.