David Amirault was appointed Regional Director (Economics) at the Bank of Canada's Regional Office for the Atlantic Provinces in 1999. In this capacity, he directs research and analysis on economic and financial developments in the region. He also plays a major role in the Office's activities in communicating the Bank's messages to a variety of external audiences and promoting an exchange of views on the economy and monetary policy. His areas of research interest include labour markets, foreign direct investment, migration trends, regional issues, business surveys, and price and wage rigidities.
Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Mr. Amirault graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours Economics) from Saint Mary's University in 1990. He then pursued graduate studies in Economics, attaining his master's degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1991.
After his studies, Mr. Amirault worked for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) in Halifax for seven years. He successively held the positions of Economist, Senior Economist, and Director of Research. Mr. Amirault also taught macroeconomics at the Frank H. Sobey Faculty of Commerce at Saint Mary's University in Halifax from 1993 to 2004. He was President of the Atlantic Association of Applied Economists (AAAE) from 2002 to 2011 and he sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Business Economics (CABE) from 2011 to 2015.
Staff Analytical Notes
Staff Discussion Papers
What’s Up with Unit Non-Response in the Bank of Canada’s Business Outlook Survey? The Effect of Staff TenureSince 1997, the Bank of Canada’s regional offices have been conducting the Business Outlook Survey (BOS), a quarterly survey of business conditions. Survey responses are gathered through face-to-face, confidential consultations with a sample of private sector firms representative of the various sectors, firm sizes and regions across Canada.
Staff Working Papers
- “What Drags and Drives Mobility: Explaining Canada’s Aggregate Migration Patterns”
(with Sarah Miller and Daniel de Munnik), Canadian Journal of Economics, Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 1035-1056, August 2016.