Marc-André Pigeon

Director and Strategic Research Fellow in Co-operatives
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Assistant Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon  SK  S7N 5B8
Phone: (306) 966–8505
Fax: (306) 966–8517

  • PhD, Carleton University
  • MA, Ottawa University
  • BA, Carleton University

Marc-André graduated in 1992 with a BA in journalism from Carleton University. He then went on to complete a master's degree in economics from the University of Ottawa in 1998. He returned to Carleton University where he completed his PhD in Mass Communication in 2008. Marc-André joind the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives as a Strategic Research Fellow in September 2018.

Marc-André has worked in a number of economics and policy-related positions, most recently as assistant vice-president of public policy at the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA). Prior to this, he served as the CCUA’s interim-vice president of government relations, and as a special advisor and senior project leader at the federal Department of Finance. He has also served as the lead analyst on several federal Parliamentary committees, including the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, and the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Dr. Pigeon worked as an economic researcher at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and started his career as a financial journalist at Bloomberg Business News.

Apart from his work history, Marc-André has a strong history of volunteering in the co-operative sector. He is or has been on the board of the Co-operative Development Foundation, the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, the Centre of Excellence in accounting and Reporting for Cooperatives, the Ottawa Renewable Eneergey Co-operative and he was a founding member of LeJardin, a daycare co-operative in Vanier, Ontairo.

Marc-André’s research and teaching interests are focused around co-operatives, behavioural economics and psychology, maney and banking and the financial sector, and fiscal and monetary policy.

Recent publications include:
  • Madar, I.O., Geobey, S. & Pigeon, M.A. (2017). “Canadian Credit Union Perspectives on Marketplace Lending: New Approaches from Day One,” Filene Research Institute.

  • Pigeon, M.A. (2013).  “Nudging our Way Forward One Decision at a Time,” Policy Options. Available at:

  • Pigeon, M.A. (2012). “Data Access, Availability, Access and Aspirations: A Credit Union Story,” Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Reporting, 1(1) pp. 47-51.

  • Pigeon, M.A., 2011. The Wizards of Oz: Peering behind the curtain on the relationship between central banks and the business media. The Political Economies of Media: The Transformation of the Global Media Industries. Bloomsbury, pp.255-271.

  • Pigeon, M.A. and Wray, L.R., 2002. Demand Constraints and the New Economy. Paul Davidson, A Post Keynesian Perspective on 21st Century Problems, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp.158-194.

  • Pigeon, M.A., 2004. Interest rate policy at the Bank of Canada: Setting the agenda. In Lavoie, M. & Seccareccia, M. (eds) Central Banking in the Modern World: Alternative Perspectives, pp.112-126.

  • Wray, L.R. and Pigeon, M.A., 2000. Can a rising tide raise all boats? Evidence from the Clinton-era expansion. Journal of Economic Issues, 34(4), pp.811-845.

  • Pigeon, M.A. and Wray, L.R., 2000. Can Penal Keynesianism Replace Military Keynesianism? An Analysis of Society's Newest" Solution" for the Hard to Employ and a Proposal for a More Humane Alternative. Social Justice, 27(2 (80), pp.148-161.

  • Pigeon, M.A. 2000. "It Happened but not Again: A Minskian Analysis of Japan's Lost Decade (And Some Thoughts on the Parallels with Recent Events in the U.S. and Canada)," Levy Working Paper No. 303.

  • Pigeon, M.A. and Wray, L.R., 1999. Down and out in the United States: An inside look at the out of the labor force population (No. 54). Public policy brief//Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

  • Pigeon, M.A. and Wray, L.R., 1999. Demand constraints and economic growth. Working Paper No. 269. The Jerome Levy Economics Institute (co-authored with L. Randall Wray).Wray, L.R. & Pigeon, M.A. 1999. "The Latest Case for an Employer of Last Resort," Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, May-June 1999, pp. 14-33.

Publically available policy publications include:

Standing Committee on Public Accounts

  • “Education Program and Post-Secondary Student Support,” 2005.

 Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee

  • “Understanding Freefall : The Challenge of the Rural Poor,” 2008.
  • “Beyond freefall : halting rural poverty,” Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee, 2006.

 Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee

  • “Transparency, Balance and Choice: Canada’s Credit Card and Debit Card System,” 2009

 Task Force on Financial Literacy

  • “Leveraging Excellence: Charting a course of action to strengthen financial literacy in Canada, 2010.
  • “What We Heard,” 2009.