Rod Hill


Business, Faculty of

On leave

Saint John

Rod Hill is a Professor of Economics in the Department with the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. He received his BA in Economics from the University of Toronto, a Diploma from the International Graduate School University of Stockholm, and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

He joined UNB in 1990.  During sabbatical leaves, Rod Hill has been a short-term visitor at the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, York University, and Southwestern University.

He is interested in public sector economics and has served on the editorial board of the Canadian Tax Journal.  He is currently a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research

Rod Hill is a member of the Atlantic Canada Economics Association, the Progressive Economics Forum, the Association for Social Economics, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

With Tony Myatt, Rod Hill maintains a blog associated with their recent book, The Economics Anti-Textbook.


The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Microeconomics, co-authored with Tony Myatt. Zed Books (London and New York), Books for Change (India), and Fernwood Books (Toronto), 2010. Published in Chinese in 2011 by Shiwen Books (Beijing).

Articles and reports

"Purchasing Power Parity" and "Paradoxes in Subjective Well-Being" in The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, in press 2013.

"A Background Note on Recent Personal Income Reductions in New Brunswick", December 2012.

"Comments on the Discussion Documents of the New Brunswick Natural Gas Group", September 2012.

"Text and Anti-Text in Teaching the Economics of the Firm".  International Journal of Pluralism in Economics Education, 3:2, 2012, pp. 144-159.

"Petroleum product prices and price regulations in Nova Scotia:  A Consumer's Perspective", (Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations, 2012).

"New Brunswick at the crossroads: progressive income tax, a clear choice", (with Jason Edwards), Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, February 2012.

"Debunking the myth that gas price regulation robs from the consumer", Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 4 June 2009.

"Optimal taxation and economic growth: a comment", Public Choice, 134:  3-4, 2008, pp. 419 - 427.

"Over-emphasis on perfectly competitive markets in microeconomics principles textbooks", with Anthony Myatt, Journal of Economic Education, 38:1, 2007, pp. 58 - 77.

"Happiness in Canada Since World War II", Social Indicators Research, 65:1, 2004, pp. 109 - 123.


Naked Capitalism: 31 January 2012 (part 1) and 1 February 2012 (part 2).