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Research Fellow


Luba Petersen is an Associate Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University. She received her PhD from University of California Santa Cruz and holds degrees from McMaster University and University of British Columbia. She is co-director of the SFU Experimental Economics Laboratory, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, M.A. and Advisory Council Member for the Society for Computational Economics. She has also served as Department Special Advisor to the Bank of Canada from 2018 to 2019 and in 2022, and a Visiting Fellow in the Economics Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2022 to 2023. She was also the recipient of the 2021 CEA/CWEC Young Researcher Award. Within the C.D. Howe Institute, Professor Petersen serves as a Research Fellow within the Monetary Policy Institute and as a member of the Monetary Policy Council.
Professor Petersen’s research focuses on the design of monetary policy and central bank communication to manage boundedly-rational expectations and financial decisions. Using experimental methods both in the lab and field, her work examines the challenges of communicating and implementing more complex monetary policies and how people reason through consumption-saving and financial decisions. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and Experimental Economics.