Russell Barnett is Senior Policy Director in the Canadian Economic Analysis Department. In this capacity, he is a member of the senior leadership team overseeing the Bank's analysis of the Canadian economy and its research on monetary policy. In addition, he conducts analysis and research on current economic issues and monetary policy more generally. His primary interests include economic forecasting, international trade and labour markets.
Mr. Barnett began his career at the Department of Finance in 2002 as an Economist and then joined the Bank in 2005 as an Economist in the Canadian Projection and Model Development Division of the Research Department (now CEA). After spending 3 years working for the Parliamentary Budget Officer as Director, Economic and Fiscal Analysis, he returned to the Bank in December 2011 as the Assistant Chief of the United States Division in the International Economic Analysis Department. He subsequently became Policy Adviser in the same department and later Research Adviser in the Canadian Economic Analysis Department. In both these role, he led the respective departments’ contributions to the Bank of Canada’s Monetary Policy Report (MPR).
Staff Analytical Notes
Staff Discussion Papers
- Parsing Shocks: Real-Time Revisions to Gap and Growth Projections for Canada (with Sharon Kozicki and Christopher Petrinec) – Prepared for the 33rd Annual Economic Policy Conference of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, October 16-17, 2008
- Commodity Prices, Macroeconomic Volatility and Canada's Exchange Rate Regime(with Rhys Mendes and Andrew Rennison) – Prepared for the Bank of Canada’s Workshop on Commodity Price Issues, July 10-11, 2006
- Labour Force Participation Rates Revisited: Cohort and Wealth Effects Take Hold (with Steven James, Tim Sargent and Claude Lavoie) – Department of Finance Working Paper (2007-01)