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David Pringle

PhD Graduate: political economy of Canadian banking; Canadian public management

David Pringle (PhD in Public Policy, 2018) has worked as an economist in the federal public service since 2001.

After a six-year stint at Statistics Canada, he moved to the Department of Finance in 2007, which proved to be an opportune vantage point to observe the unfolding of the 2008 financial crisis.

This experience inspired David to pursue doctoral studies in Carleton’s SPPA, where he wrote and defended The 1998 Canadian Bank Merger Decision and the 2008 Financial Crisis: Factual and Counterfactual Investigations.

The puzzle of the stability of large Canadian banks during the 2008 financial crisis was explored through three inter-related essays, each pursuing a question with a different method: historical political economy (Essay One), econometric analysis (Essay Two) and counterfactual simulation (Essay Three). His dissertation was completed under the supervision of Saul Schwartz (SPPA) with committee support by Dr. Randall Germain (Political Science, Carleton) and Dr. Mario Seccareccia (Economics, University of Ottawa).

David returned to the federal public service in 2019, working as a senior analyst at the Canada School of Public Service, Natural Resources Canada and currently at Employment and Social Development Canada.

He is an occasional instructor in SPPA and the Department of Economics at Carleton University.  David is also the past Chair of the Progressive Economics Forum (2014-2018).

David holds a Master’s of Arts in Economics from the University of Ottawa (2003) and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University (1996).

Selected publications

“Banks and Financial Institutions: Canadian Bank Regulation – A Case of Efficient Capture?” (2022), co-authored with Marc-Andre Pigeon, Corporate Rules: The Real World of Business Regulation in Canada.  Ed. Bruce Campbell.  Toronto: Lorimer.

“Money and Finance” (2020), co-authored with Mario Seccareccia. Canadian Political Economy. Ed. Heather Whiteside. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.