Alex Chernoff

Senior Economist

Alex Chernoff is a Senior Economist in the International Economic Analysis Department. His research interests include Applied Econometrics, Applied Microeconomics, International Trade, Economic History, Agricultural Economics, and Urban Economics. Alex Chernoff received his Ph.D. in Economics from Queen’s University.


Alex Chernoff

Senior Economist
International Economic Analysis
International Studies Division

Bank of Canada
234 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G9

Curriculum vitae


September 28, 2018

Trading Up

How countries benefit from freer trade.

The Scale and Scope of Online Retail

Staff Analytical Note 2018-19 Alex Chernoff
This paper studies the growth of online retail over the period 1999–2012, using confidential firm-product-level data for Canada. The revenue of online retailers is decomposed into the contributions of product scope (the number of product categories) and product scale (average revenue per product category).

Housing Price Network Effects from Public Transit Investment: Evidence from Vancouver

Staff Working Paper 2018-18 Alex Chernoff, Andrea Craig
In this paper, we estimate the effect on housing prices of the expansion of the Vancouver SkyTrain rapid transit network during the period 2001–11. We extend the canonical residential sorting equilibrium framework to include commuting time in the household utility function.
Content Type(s): Staff Research, Staff Working Papers Topic(s): Asset Pricing, Economic models, Housing JEL Code(s): H, H4, H41, R, R2, R21, R4, R41

Firm Heterogeneity, Technological Adoption, and Urbanization: Theory and Measurement

Staff Working Paper 2017-27 Alex Chernoff
This paper develops a model of firm heterogeneity, technological adoption, and urbanization. In the model, welfare is measured by household real income, and urbanization is measured by population density. I use the model to derive statistics that measure the effect of a new technology on productivity, welfare, and urbanization.

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  • “Between a Cap and a Higher Price: Modeling the Price of Dairy Quotas under Price Ceiling Legislation”, Canadian Journal of Economics, 48(4), (November 2015): 1403-1429


  • Ph.D., Queen's University

Research Interests

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • International Trade
  • Economic History
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Urban Economics


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