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Professor Emeritus of Economics and Law, University of Toronto

Environmental Economics


PhD (Economics), Harvard University

LLB, Harvard University 


Donald Dewees holds an engineering degree from Swarthmore College, an LLB from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

He was a Professor in the Department of Economics and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto for four decades, also serving as Vice-Dean and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, Interim Chair of Economics and other administrative positions. He was Director of Research for the Ontario Royal Commission on Asbestos and Vice-Chair of the Ontario Market Design Committee, which advised the government on the introduction of competition into the electricity market. From 2016 to 2021, he was a member of the Market Surveillance Panel of the Ontario Energy Board, which monitors and reports on behaviour in the Ontario electricity market.

His research has been in the areas of environmental economics including emissions trading, law and economics, and energy policy including electricity pricing. Publications and presentations deal with the environmental effects of electricity generation, electricity prices and renewable power, energy conservation and consumer response to prices and incentives.