The Economics Department and York University offer facilities and many programs of financial assistance to support the research of faculty members. In addition, faculty members obtain research support from the federal Social Science s and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), federal and provincial government departments and agencies, foundations and private sector sponsors.
York has moved in many ways from a centrally managed to a distributed computing environment. Individual units annually submit computer plans and receive funds for the maintenance and expansion of facilities. An extensive network joining all machines within York and linking York to the Internet remains centrally managed.
The Department of Economics has a computer lab capable of meeting a wide range of research needs of faculty and graduate students. It consists of 10 Pentiums, 4 IBM RS/6000 Unix workstations, 3 X-terminals and 4 laser printers. The PC's run Windows versions of popular spreadsheet and word processing software and they provide direct access to the Internet via Netscape, ftp, telnet and X-terminal emulation. The Unix machines in the lab are full graphics workstations running popular statistical packages including: SAS, STATA, Gauss, Splus and TSP as well as TeX, Fortran, C and C++. There is also a high quality HP scanner in the lab. Users of the lab (and other departmental computing resources) are supported by two technical staff, lab monitors and a set of 'work-study' students with skills including the drafting and maintenance of WEB pages for faculty and students.
Each graduate student office is equipped with a Next Workstation running TeX, Mathematica and X-Windows emulation. Students can log into a departmental server in such a way that their X-Windows behave exactly like Microsoft Windows and thus all of their office machines are equivalent, as well, to the lab Pentium machines.
Finally, the Department of Economics has 6 additional IBM RS/6000 Workstations which function as additional compute and software servers for research and teaching. These machines are extremely powerful including: 1 Model 590, 1 Mode l 3CT and 1 Model J50. Faculty members and graduate students have access to these machines through the lab, by modem and from machines in their offices, all of which are linked to the Internet.
The York University Libraries comprise five libraries on two campuses: Scott Library, Steacie Science Library, York University Law Library and Government Documents/Administrative Studies Library on the main campus; and the Leslie Frost Library at Glendon College. Among the 26 university libraries which are members of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, York ranks sixth in total holdings.
The York University Libraries have over 100,000 volumes in the Economics and Administrative Studies areas, including current subscriptions and complete backruns of the leading English language journals in economics. Strong collections in history, political science and law complement the economics collection.
The various collections are supplemented by the rich library resources of other university libraries in southern Ontario, the Government of Ontario libraries and the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library. The Robarts Library at the University of Toronto is especially rich in older economics publications. Faculty can obtain borrowing privileges at the University of Toronto and other Ontario and Quebec libraries. As a member of the Centre for Research Libraries, York University has access to the vast resources of that institution which can be borrowed for long periods of time.
The LA&PS and York University administer a number of programs providing financial assistance to research.
York University/SSHRC (Small Grants program) considers applications for research grants under $4,000. (Grants in excess of $4,000 are administered by SSHRC in Ottawa). Grants under $4,000 are awarded twice a year.
The York Ad Hoc Research Fund provides support for conferences, the publication of periodicals, and for York Faculty to attend scholarly or professional meetings to which they are to make a substantial contribution, and for which they have been unable to obtain alternate funding.
The York University Research Development Fellowship provides full course load reduction or part course load reduction for one year to faculty members who, as a result of excessive commitments in teaching and/or service have experienced delays in their attempts to finish a project.
The Walter Gordon Fellowship (York University Research Fellowship), is awarded each year to a distinguished scholar in recognition of outstanding research. The Fellowship allows for a year's leave of absence at full salary and benefits, and a research stipend of $5,000.
LA&PS Research Grants are awarded to assist research projects which do not require major funding, including pilot studies or projects nearing completion. The maximum award is $3,000.
LA&PS Teaching Development Grants are designed to assist teaching development projects which do not require major funding. The grants can be used to assist with curricular development, either of new courses, existing courses, new programs or new initiatives within the established curriculum. The maximum grant is $1,000.
LA&PS Fellowships are awarded to recognize and encourage outstanding research. The fellowships provide an opportunity to complete a research project by releasing a faculty member from all teaching responsibilities f or one academic year. Up to five awards are made each year to persons with a demonstrated record of research excellence. One additional fellowship can be awarded to a beginning scholar displaying promise of excellence.
The Research Grant In Lieu of Salary Program provides faculty members who wish to conduct research during any academic year with the opportunity to obtain a research grant in lieu of salary. This research grant is classified as T4A income and eligible research expenses may be deducted from it.
An annual Research Expense Allowance is provided to all faculty to help cover incidental research expenses. In 1997/98 the expense allowance is $1,050.
The York/SSHRC Travel Grant program provides assistance for attendance at international learned conferences outside Canada and the United States at which the applicant is giving a paper or making a substantial contribution.
The Department of Economics has a travel fund which provides assistance to faculty presenting papers at major conferences.