Guest Speaker: Lucija Muehlenbachs, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary

When: Friday September 23rd 2022, 11h30-12h30 ET

Where: HEC Montréal, 3000 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Rd, Montréal | Room Sony, 1st Floor, Yellow Section

No registration required

Summary: This project examines how regulations affect productivity and environmental outcomes. In Canada, oil and gas production on First Nations land is federally regulated while production elsewhere is provincially regulated. The rules governing production on First Nations land remained effectively the same from their enactment in 1974 until 2019, while provincial rules have been continually updated to reflect industry and technological developments. Using longitudinal data on oil and gas well production, we compare the implications of two regulatory regimes. Our results will shed light on some of the ways in which First Nations have been impacted by federal control over energy projects. This information could be used to advance Indigenous energy sovereignty and economic autonomy, with applications in a range of industries.