W. Erwin Diewert is a Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia and at the University of New South Wales. He has published over 120 papers in Journals and 140 chapters in books. His main areas of research include duality theory, flexible functional forms, index number theory (including the concept of a superlative index number formula), the measurement of productivity, the measurement of property prices, the pure theory of international trade and the calculation of excess burdens of taxation.
He has acted as a consultant on measurement and regulatory issues for the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Eurostat, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the OECD, the New Zealand Treasury, the Business Roundtable in New Zealand, Bell Canada, B. C. Telephone, the American Association of Railways, the Victorian Treasury and Industry Canada. Diewert is a founding member of two international groups that study measurement issues: the Ottawa Group on Prices and the Canberra Group on Capital Measurement. He is also Chair of the Statistics Canada advisory committee on Prices.
Diewert is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of Australia and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Society. In 2003, he also won a Killam Prize for career achievements in the social sciences and humanities in Canada.