Paul Thomassin

Associate Professor

T: 514-398-7956  | paul.thomassin [at] (Email) |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS3-032


B.Sc. (Agr) (McGill University)
MSc (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Short Bio

Professor Thomassin is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at McGill University.  He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his B.Sc. (Agr.) from McGill University.  His research areas include: agricultural and environmental economics, macroeconomic analysis of food and agriculture policies, food safety, and the economics of climate change.  From 2003-2007, he was the scientific director of Greenhouse Gas Management Canada, a SSHRC-BIOCAP national research network that investigated the social science dimensions of greenhouse gas management.  Professor Thomassin has provided advice to: the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN National Institutes of Sustainability and the Ministry of Environment of Japan, the OECD, and the Government of Canada.  Professor Thomassin is a Research Fellow at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO).  He was a founding director of the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the William S. Richardson, School of Law, at the University of Hawaii, Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for Development Studies at the Australian National University, and Honorary Professor in the Division of Science and Technology at the University of Auckland.

Awards and Recognitions

June  2003- March 2007 Scientific Director. SSHRC/BIOCAP Joint Initiative.   National Network on the Human Dimensions on the Human Dimensions of Biosphere Greenhouse Gas Management.
April 2002 - June 2002  Visiting Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii.
Sept. 2001 - April 2002  Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Development Studies, The Australian National University.
Sept.1994 - Feb. 1995  Honorary Professor, Division of Science and Technology, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Active Affiliations

Research Fellow, Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO).
Experimental Economics Group.
Director, McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics
Lead: QCBS Working Group on Ecosystem Accounting

Research Interests

Professor Thomassin's research investigates the economics of agricultural and environmental policies.   This includes such areas as: changes in management practices to decrease pollution; climate change; the importance of food attributes; and food safety.  Some of the policy questions that have been investigated are: Can carbon markets decrease greenhouse gas emissions?  Can changes in plant varieties mitigate against climate change? What is the impact of healthy eating on the economy?  What is the economic impact of biofuel policy on the Canada? 

Current Research

Professor Thomassin's research program has four components: (1) measuring the economic and environmental interactions between agriculture and the environment, (2) macroeconomic and environmental impacts of trade and the environment, (3) policy and institutional design, and (4) the convergence of health and economics.  Examples of these four themes include: estimating the cost of reducing the amount of water pollution from agriculture by adopting beneficial management systems; estimating the economic and environmental impact of economic integration of Japan, Korea, China and the ASEAN countries; the impact and institutional design of developing environmental policies at the farm or watershed scale, and the economic impacts of Canadians eating a healthy diet.

Research includes

1. Estimating pollution abatement cost curves for improved water quality in a watershed in Quebec.
2. Estimating a benefit transfer function using international data and meta analysis.
3. Estimating a wealth account for agricultural land in Quebec that could be incorporated into a system of environmental-economic accounts.
4. Estimating the macroeconomic impact of biofuel policies on the Canadian economy.
5. The economic impact of genomic technology on reducing salmonella in Canada.
6. Institutional design of a carbon offset system for agriculture


AGEC 633 Enviro & Natural Resource Econ 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
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AGEC 333 Resource Economics 3 Credits
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AGEC 491 Research & Methodology 3 Credits
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AGEC 430 Agric, Food & Resource Policy 3 Credits
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AGEC 690 Seminar 1 Credits
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View list of current publications.


Mukhopadhyay, Kakali and Paul J. Thomassin. 2010. Economic and Environmental Impact of Free Trade in East and South East Asia. Dordrecht:Springer.

Book Chapters

An, Ning, Laurie Baker and Paul J. Thomassin.  2016.  The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Cash Crop Farms in Québec and Ontario. In Climate Change and Agricultural Adaptation edited by C. Bryant, pp. 71-89. Dordrecht:Springer.

Mukhopadhyay, Kakali and Paul J. Thomassin. 2015. Estimating Macroeconomic Impacts with Computational General Equilibrium Modeling. In Applying Modeling to Improve Health and Economic Policy Decisions in the Americas:The Case of Noncommunicable Diseases edited by Branka Legetic and Michele Cecchini, pp. 35-58. Washington D.C.: Pan American Heath Organization, World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Roy, Rene and Paul J. Thomassin. 2015.  La valeur des terres agricoles et son intégration au système des comptes nationaux du Canada – Une application de l’approche des prix hédoniques. In  Nature et économie: un regard sur les écosystèmes du Québec edited by J, Dupras and J.P. Revéret,  pp. 149-164. Montreal:Presses de l'Université du Québec.

Thomassin, Paul J. and Robert J. Johnston. 2011.  Evaluating Benefit Transfer for Canadian Water Quality Improvements Using US/Canada Metadata:  An Application of International Meta-Analysis.  In International Handbook on Non-Market Environmental Valuation edited by J. Bennett, pp.353-385. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Journal Articles

Wu, Tingting, Kakali Mukhopadhyay, and Paul J. Thomassin. 2017. Using H-O-V Theorem to Predict the Factor Intensities in Canadian Agricultural Trade. International Journal of Applied Economics Forthcoming in March

Mukhopadhyay, Kakali, Xi Chen, and Paul J. Thomassin. 2017. Economic and Environmental impacts of Ethanol and biodiesel policy in Canada: An input-output Analysis. International Journal of Green Energy Forthcoming.

Wu Tingting, Kakali Mukhopadhyay, and Paul J. Thomassin. 2016. A Life Cycle Inventory Analysis of Wood Pellets for Greenhouse Heating: A Case Study at Macdonald Campus of McGill University. AIMS Energy 4(5): 697-722

Mukhopadhyay, Kakali, Paul J. Thomassin and Debesh Chakraborty. 2012. Economic Impact of Freer Trade in Latin America and the Caribbean: A GTAP Analysis. Latin American Economic Journal 49(2):147-183.

Mukhopadhyay, Kakali and Paul J. Thomassin. 2012. Economic Impact of Adopting a Healthy Diet in Canada.  Journal of Public Health 20(6):639–652.

DOI: 10.1007/s10389-012-0510-2.

Mukhopadhyay, Kakali and Paul J. Thomassin. 2011. Macroeconomic Effects of the Ethanol Biofuel Sector in Canada. Biomass and Bioenergy 35(7):2822-2836.

Gumilang, Howard, Kakali Mukhopadhyay and Paul J. Thomassin.  2011.  Economic and Environmental Impacts of Trade Liberalization: The Case of Indonesia. Economic Modelling 28(3):1030-1041.

Refereed Proceedings

Bryant, C., G. Chahine, K.Delusca, O. Daouda, M. Doyon, B. Singh, M. Brklacich, and P.J. Thomassin.  2010. Adapting to Environmental and Urbanisation Stressors: Farmer and Local Actor Innovation in Urban and Periurban Areas in Canada. Proceedings of the Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food. Montpellier, France. (

Thomassin, Paul J. and L. Martin Cloutier. 2004. Funding University Research Networks for Results: The Canadian Research Councils Approach. Proceedings of The 22th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. July 25-29, 2004, Oxford, England UK, CD-ROM (ISBN 0-9745329-1-6).

Cloutier, Martin L., Paul J. Thomassin, Florence Dagicour and José-Carlos Rodriguez. 2003.   Local Environment Protection and Trade : The Case of Hog Production in Canada and Mexico. The Second North American Symposium on Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Trade. Montreal: Commission for Environmental Cooperation,

Cloutier, L. Martin, and Thomassin, Paul J. 2001. Public Policy Timeliness to Disruptive Innovation in Biotechnology: Information Feedback and the Regulation of Balancing Loops.  Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 19:44 and CD-ROM. (ISBN 0-9672914-5-3).