Dr. Emilson Silva started in July 2012 as Chair of Innovation Policy and Technology Translation in Water and Energy, after six years at the Ivan Allen College School of Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Some of his current research projects include the following themes: (i) wage inflation in the Oil Sands, (ii) green R&D promoted by Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)), (iii) the social, economic and environmental implications of creating a water market in the Athabasca river, (iv) the incentive R&D effects promoted by royalty regimes in Canada and Brazil, (v) the fiscal federalism aspects of energy development in Canada, (vi) optimal design of royalties and R&D policy under private information and (vi) dynamic greenwashing under a credible eco-‐label certifier (focus on Canada’s EcoLogo).
He has published in prestigious outlets such as the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Oxford Economic Papers, and Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Urban Economics and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.
Dr. Silva’s research uses a tool called game theory to develop models to rationalize and forecast behaviour. In the past he has spent considerable time looking at government practices in environmental and energy policy, climate change and acid rain. His position at the University of Alberta provides a desirable opportunity to study oil and gas producers and how they interact with government officials and regulations.