DR. DONNA FEIR
My research interests are in labour economics, applied econometrics, and economic history. My current work focuses on contemporary and historical Indigenous policy. I study how historic policy and shocks to Indigenous economies shape modern Indigenous experiences. I am also interested in how better policy can support Indigenous economic development and well-being.
This project in progress studies the immediate and long-run economic consequences of the slaughter of the North American Bison on Indigenous peoples in North America. We find large effects of the loss of the bison immediately on material well being and over 100 years later in income per capita. We suggest the loss of the bison could explain income differences observed today. This project is with Maggie Jones and Rob Gillezeau.