Stuart Wilson

Professor; Research Fellow, Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety; Head, Department of Justice Studies
PhD (Queen's University)

Office: CL 254
Phone: (306) 337-2230

Research interests

  • Demographic Change and Public Policy
  • Crime, Corrections and Public Safety
  • Savings, Investment, and Economic Growth.

I have been employed by the University of Regina since July 2000. I have taught classes in introductory economics, all levels of macroeconomics and of econometrics. I have also developed courses in the fields of money and banking, population economics, and the economics of crime and public safety.

I am currently Head of the Department of Justice Studies. I have served as the Arts Academic Work Internship and Co-operative Education Coordinator (2002-2008), Head of the Department of Economics (2008-2013), and Head of the Department of International Languages (2015-2018).

I earned my PhD in Economics at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, in 2000. My dissertation was titled "Demographic and Institutional Influences on Canadian Savings Behaviour". My research focuses on the demographic, socio-economic, and policy influences on savings, foreign capital flows and economic growth, and on crime and public safety. My primary methodological tools are the overlapping generations lifecycle model and the Johansen cointegration time-series model.

I am a Research Fellow with the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina. I am the Principal Investigator of the research project titled "The Changing Economy and Demography of Saskatchewan and its Impact on Crime and Policing". This research is funded in part by RCMP Division "F", with the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety. Reports may be accessed at

I am the Principal Investigator for the Collaborative Research Project of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections, Policing, and Public Safety on the Economics of Policing and Corrections.

Refereed Publications as Lead Author:

Methods of Calculating the Marginal Cost of Incarceration: A Scoping Review. Joint with J. Lemoine. Criminal Justice Policy Review (forthcoming).

Weekend remand admissions and case review in Saskatoon. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, Vol.5 No.3 (September 2020), 127–132.

Assessing the impact of economic and demographic change on property crime rates in Western Canada, Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being Vol 3 No 2 (October 2018), pp.52-58. Available at

On the economics of post-traumatic stress disorder among first responders in Canada. Joint with H. Guliani and G. Boichev. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being. Vol. 1 No. 2, (August 2016) available at

Why did Americans reject compulsory health insurance after WWI? An application of the lifecycle model. Joint with JCH Emery. Economics Research International, Volume 2012, Article ID 231473, doi:10.1155/2012/231473. Available at

Public pension sustainability options: the relative merits of increasing contribution rates or switching to a fully-funded pension. In Mechanisms & Policies in Economics. Edited by J Roufagalas. Athens Institute for Education and Research, 2007 (ISBN 9789606672231), pp.145-171.

Factor accumulation in Canada before the Great Depression: investment and immigration dynamics. Empirical Economics, Volume 31, Number 1, pp. 261-275 (March 2006).

Immigration and capital accumulation in Canada: a long-run perspective, in Canadian Immigration Policy for the 21st Century. Edited by Charles Beach, Alan Green and Jeffrey Reitz. John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003 (ISBN 0889119546), pp. 125-158.

A Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis of Migration and Capital Formation: The Case of Canada Review of Economic Dynamics, Volume 6, Issue 2, Pages 455-481 (April 2003).

The savings rate debate: Does the dependency hypothesis hold for Australia and Canada? The Australian Economic History Review, 40(2):199-218 (July 2000).