Max B. Norton

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Max B. Norton
Ph.D. candidate
Vancouver School of Economics
University of British Columbia

Public Economics, Urban Economics, Economics of Education

Ph.D., Economics – Vancouver School of Economics (UBC), in progress
Committee: Kevin Milligan and Marit Rehavi, co-supervisors, and Victor Couture.

M.A., Economics – California State University, Sacramento, 2017
B.A., Film and Media Studies – Columbia College (Columbia University), 2006

Work in progress
“School bonds, sorting, and the distribution of school capital: Evidence from California” (job market paper).

“Social insurance non-compliance in China: A synthesis and new results” (with Wei Cui and Jeffrey Hicks).

How well-targeted are payroll tax cuts as a response to COVID-19? Evidence from China.” (with Wei Cui and Jeffrey Hicks). International Tax and Public Finance 29(5), 2022.

Happiness at different ages: The social context matters” (with John F. Helliwell, Haifang Huang and Shun Wang). In The Economics of Happiness, ed. M. Rojas. Springer, 2019.

Working papers
Well-being analysis favours a virus-elimination strategy for COVID-19” (with John F. Helliwell, Shun Wang, Lara B. Aknin, and Haifang Huang). NBER Working Paper 29092, August 2021.

Contributions to the World Happiness Report
(All with John F. Helliwell, Haifang Huang, and Shun Wang.)

Happiness, benevolence, and trust during COVID-19 and beyond.World Happiness Report 2022, Ch. 2.

Happiness, trust, and deaths under COVID-19.World Happiness Report 2021, Ch. 2.

Social environments for world happiness.World Happiness Report 2020, Ch. 2.

Managing grapevine trunk diseases in California’s Southern San Joaquin Valley” (with Kendra Baumgartner, Vicken Hillis, Mark Lubell, and Jonathan Kaplan). American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 70(3), 2019.

John F. Helliwell, Vancouver School of Economics, UBC, Sept 2017 - present
Wei Cui, Allard School of Law, UBC, Jan 2020 - Dec 2020
Munir Squires, Vancouver School of Economics, UBC, Oct 2019 - Sept 2020
Jonathan Kaplan, CSU Sacramento, 2015 - 2016

Training at the UBC Centre for the Integration of Teaching, Research and Learning
Foundations of Pedagogy, Sept - Nov 2022
Graduate Online Instructional Skills Workshop, Jan - Feb 2021

Teaching assistantships
Economics of Public Expenditures (4th year undergraduate), 2021
Introduction to International Trade (3rd year undergraduate), 2019
Principles of Microeconomics (1st year undergraduate), 2019

Fellowship in Happiness Economics, UBC, 2018-2022
Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship, UBC, 2017-2021
Dean’s Award given to the best graduate student in the College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies, CSU Sacramento, 2017
Robert and Chi-Ming Dana Curry Scholarship in Economics, CSU Sacramento, 2016

NBER Business Taxation in a Federal System Meeting, 2020*, 2021*, 2022*
Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting, 2021, scheduled for 2022
Urban Economics Association 2022 Summer School*
International Institute of Public Finance 2021 Annual Congress
NBER Graduate Student Workshop on Business Income Taxation, 2020*
*Non-presenting invitee

Referee for Journal of Public Economics, International Journal of High School Research, International Journal of Wellbeing, International Review of Economics – Journal of Civil Economy

Editorial advisor, Global Happiness and Well-being Policy Report 2022

Graduates Studies Committee Representative, Vancouver School of Economics, 2019-2020

Citizenship: United States
Languages: English (native), Spanish (advanced)

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A photo of Max B. Norton in Barcelona, Spain.Max B. Norton is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in public economics, urban economics, and the economics of education.