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P. Nagarajan

Professor Emeritus
(902) 566-0313
Main Building, 324
BA (Mysore);
MA (Mysore);
PhD (Kansas State)
  • Teaching and research interests have been broad and varied. Have taught courses in all major areas of economics, including graduate courses on public finance, advanced macroeconomics, and economic development strategies for small islands.
  • Early and continuing research interest has been in development issues of PEI economy, and development of developing countries with emphasis on fiscal system and trade.
  • Currently working on myriads of interconnected, complex issues concerning sustainability and sustainable development strategies, from interdisciplinary perspectives and systems analysis, particularly for small islands economies.


  • Research Scholarship, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 1962-64
  • Canada Council Research Grant, 1977-78
  • Research Grant, SSHRC, 1981, 1988
  • Extramural Research Grant, Agriculture Canada, 1982, 1983
  • Research Grant, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Government of Kenya, 1984-85 Senate Research Grant, UPEI, 1969- 1986
  • Member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, Honour Society in Economics, 1966
  • Member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Honour Society of Agriculture, 1966
  • UPEI Faculty Association Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, 1991.


  • Professor Emeritus of Economics, and Research Associate of the Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island; Professor, UPEI, 1981-99
  • Associate Professor, UPEI, 1974-81
  • Assistant Professor, UPEI, 1969-74
  • Assistant Professor, Saint Dunstan’s University, 1968-69
  • Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Economics, Hyderabad, India, April-August 1972
  • Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1962-64
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of York, England, May-August, 1973
  • Visiting Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, India, 1977-78
  • Visiting Professor, University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1984-95.


  • Chair, Department of Economics, UPEI, 1976-83
  • Member, Editorial Board, Asian-African Journal of Economic and Econometrics
  • Member, Board of Examiners to Adjudicate PhD Dissertation for 15 Universities in India
  • Manuscripts Reviewed for Public Finance Quarterly, Public Finance/ Finances Publiques, International Economic Journal, Canadian Journal of Regional Science, Applied Financial Economics, Journal of Asian Economics
  • Reviewed Research Grants Applications for SSHRC


An Economic Policy Model for Prince Edward Island (with J. Fine ), The Queen’s Printer,1977.
Economic Analysis of Regional Development Policy” (With J. Fine), Papers and Proceedings of the Atlantic Canada Economic Association, Vol.6, 1977
“Factors in Educational Aspirations: A Study of Educational Aspirations of High School Seniors in Prince Edward Island” (with Satadal Dasgupta ), PEI Community Studies Report, No.4, 1977
“Econometric Testing of the ‘Displacement Effect’ Associated with a Non-Global Social Disturbances in India”, Public Finance/ Finances Publiques, Vol. XXXIV, NO.1,1979
“Econometric Model of the P.E.I. Tax Sector”, Canadian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 2, No.2, 1979
“Canadian Employment Growth and Structural Adaptation, 1961-71, Vol. III, No. 2,1980
“Employment Growth and Structural Adaptation in the Atlantic Region: Empirical Evidence of the Effects of Regional Development Policies”, Department of Regional Economic Expansion, Government of Canada, August 1982
“The Time Profile of Public Expenditure Growth in India: Empirical Investigation”, Economics Letters, Vol. 9, No.1 1982
“Empirical Analysis of a Major Commodity Sector and its Linkage with other Sectors of the Economy” (with V. Upadhyay), Paper presented at the IASTED International Symposium on Modelling and Simulation held at Lugano, Switzerland, June 21-23, 1983
“Displacement Effect in Government Spending in Sweden: Reexamination”, Public Finance/ Finances Publiques, Vol. XXXVII, No. 1, 1983
“Marginal Market Shares Approach for Analysing Export Growth” (with V. Upadhyay) , Eastern African Economic Review, June 1986
“An Econometric Model of a Major Export Commodity in a Sub-national Economy”, International Journal of Modelling and Simulation, Vol. 6, No.4, 1986
“Changing Structure of Taxation and Public Expenditure in Kenya”, Paper presented at the 23rd International Atlantic Economic Conference, Munich, Germany, April 20-27, 1987
“An Economic Model of PEI Agricultural Sector with Major Emphasis on Potato Sector”(with V. Upadhyay), in V. Konard et al, eds., Resource Economies in Emerging Free Trade, Canadian-American Centre , University of Maine, 1987
“Constant Market Shares Analysis of PEI Export Growth” (with V.Upadhyay), in V. Konard et al, eds., Resource Economies in Emerging Free Trade, Canadian-American Centre, University of Maine, 1987
“Kenya’s Fiscal Stance in the Course of Economic Development, Bulletin for International Fiscal Documentation, Jan. 1988
“No Causality Between Government Expenditure and Economic Growth: A Comment” (with Annie Spears), Public Finance/ Finances Publiques, vol. XXXXIV, No. 1, 1989
“Destabilizing Macroeconomic Adjustment in LDCs: Short-Run Growth and Structural Ddepedency” (with Annie Spears), Paper Presented at the 27th International Atlantic Economic Conference held in Barcelona, Spain, March 18-24, 1989
“Comment on Causality Testing of Wagner’s Law” (with Annie Spears), Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. XVII, No. 1, 1989
“An Econometric Testing of the Wagner’s Law for Mexico: A Reexamination” (with Annie Spears), Public Finance/Finances Publiques, Vol. XXXXV, No. 1, 1990
“Macroeconomic Adjustment and External Dependency in Sub-Saharan Africa” (with Annie Spears), International Economic Journal, Vol.4, No.4, 1990
“Stabilization Problems Associated With Financing Development from External Resources in LDCs., Invited Lecture Delivered at the Post-graduate Seminar of the Department of economics, University of Madras, India, August 1992
“Stagflation and Monetary Stabilization Policies: A Comment”, Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics, Vol. 17, No.3, 1995
“Changing Conceptual Framework in Economics in the Era of Globalization”, Invited Lecture under the Auspices of The Sakthi Charities Endowment Lectures, 1996-97, in Economics Delivered at the University Of Madras, India, August 1997
“World Economy, a Casino?”, Business Line, July 1998
“Structure and Growth of PEI Economy: An Analysis of Employment and Income, 1978-1997" ( with Mian Ali and Wimal Rankaduwa ), ACEA Papers, Vol. 28, 1999
“Employment Growth and Structural Adaptation of Canadian Provinces, 1987-1999" (with Mian Ali and Wimal Rankaduwa), Paper Presented at 34th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 1-4, 2000
“Modified Shift-Share Analysis of Regional Employment Growth in Canada” ( with Mian Ali and Wimal Rankaduwa), Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Regional Science Association, McGill University, Montreal, June 1-3, 2001
“Are Government Claims Driven by Transfer Payments? The Case of Prince Edward Island” (with Wimal Rankaduwa and Mian Ali), Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of the Atlantic Canada Economics Association, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Sept. 28-30, 2001
“Structural Adaptation of the Atlantic Provinces: Growth of Employment and Output, 1987-1999"(with Mian Ali and Wimal Rankaduwa), ACEA Papers, Vol. 30, 2001
“Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards Health-LED Economic Developmet”, Business Line, July 2001
“Where is the World Economy Headed?”, Business Line, Nov. 2001
“Reality Check on Development”, Business Line, Aug. 2002
“Are Structures and Changes in Sub-national Island Economies Unique? An Empirical Analysis of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland Economy” ( with Mian Ali and Wwimal Rankaduwa), Paper Presented at the 7th International Conference of the Islands of the World, held at the University of Prince Edward Island, PEI, Canada, June 26-30, 2002
“Johanessburg Summit: Will it Open Up Sustainable Opportunities?”, Business Line, Aug. 2002
“Fighting the Washington Coercion”, Business Line, Oct. 2002
“Looming Health Crisis: World on the Brink”, Business Line, Aug. 2003
“Economy Playing Dice With Ecology”, Business Line, Dec. 2003
“Road to Human Health: Take a U Turn”, Business Line, Apr. 2004
“Shanghai Global Conference: For a Development Strategy”, Business Line, June 2004
“Collapse of Easter Island: Lessons For Sustainability of Small Islands”, Paper to be Presented at the Islands of the World VIII: Changing Islands- Changing world, Kinmen Island, Taiwan, Nov. 1-7, 2004.
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