Ross McKitrick

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Ross McKitrick
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EducationBA (Hons) (1988) economics, MA (1990) economics, PhD (1996) economics
Alma materQueen's University
University of British Columbia
EmployerUniversity of Guelph
OrganizationSenior Fellow, Fraser Institute, Vancouver, B.C.
Member of the academic advisory board of the Global Warming Policy Foundation
Known forclimate change skepticism

Ross McKitrick (born 1965) is a Canadian economist specializing in environmental economics and policy analysis. He is a professor of economics at the University of Guelph, and a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute.

McKitrick has authored works about environmental economics and climate change denial issues, including co-authoring the book Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming. He is the author of Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy published by the University of Toronto Press. His background in applied statistics has also led him to collaborative work across a wide range of topics in the physical sciences including paleoclimate reconstruction,[1] malaria transmission,[2] surface temperature measurement[3] and climate model evaluation.[4]


McKitrick gained his doctorate in economics in 1996[5] from the University of British Columbia, and in the same year was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guelph, Ontario. In 2001 he received an Associate Professorship and has been a full Professor since December 2008. He has also been a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute since 2002. He is a member of the academic advisory board of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.


McKitrick has authored works about environmental economics and climate change issues.[6] The book Taken By Storm, co-authored with Christopher Essex in 2002, was a runner-up for the Donner Prize.[7][8][9] The book Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy was published by University of Toronto Press in 2011.[10] McKitrick was one of the most prominent figures to help promote the Hockey stick graph controversy.

McKitrick has said, "It has become a commonplace to refer to the 'environmental crisis.' But I find the crisis rather hard to locate. On specific issues there is a continuum, ranging from non-issues, situations of concern, problems, and onward up to actual crises. Not everything is a crisis, just as not everything is a non-issue. Things mostly fall in between"[11]

McKitrick was a participant of the International Workshop on Econometric Applications in Climatology in June 2013.[12][third-party source needed]

In a June 7, 2019 Financial Post Opinion piece, McKitrick defended Roger Pielke Jr.'s statement that "climate change was not leading to higher rates of weather-related damages worldwide."[13] On June 7, 2019 Lisa Raitt Deputy Leader of the Opposition cited McKitrick's article on Twitter, saying that "Bottom line is there's no solid connection between climate change and the major indicators of extreme weather...The continual claim of such a link is misinformation employed for political and rhetorical purposes."[14]

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  1. ^ McIntyre, Stephen (2005). "Hockey sticks, principal components, and spurious significance". Geophysical Research Letters. 32 (3). doi:10.1029/2004gl021750. ISSN 0094-8276.
  2. ^ Huldén, Lena; McKitrick, Ross; Huldén, Larry (30 October 2013). "Average household size and the eradication of malaria". Series A (Statistics in Society). 177 (3): 725–742. doi:10.1111/rssa.12036.
  3. ^ McKitrick, Ross R.; Michaels, Patrick J. (14 December 2007). "Quantifying the influence of anthropogenic surface processes and inhomogeneities on gridded global climate data". Journal of Geophysical Research. 112 (D24). doi:10.1029/2007jd008465.
  4. ^ McKitrick, Ross R.; Vogelsang, Timothy J. (14 July 2014). "HAC robust trend comparisons among climate series with possible level shifts". Environmetrics. 25 (7): 528–547. doi:10.1002/env.2294.
  5. ^ McKitrick, Ross (1996). The econometric critique of applied General Equilibrium modeling a comparative assessment with application to carbon taxes in Canada (Thesis (PhD) ed.). PhD University of British Columbia 1996.
  6. ^ "Ross McKitrick Publications and Papers".
  7. ^ Essex, C. and R. McKitrick (2002). Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming. Toronto: Key Porter Books. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-55263-212-3. the first edition of Taken By Storm...earned us a runner-up Donner Prize, and was a finalist for the Canadian Science Writers Association Book Prize.
  8. ^ "Past Winners 2002". Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Vancouver economist wins Donner Prize". The Globe and Mail.
  10. ^ R. McKitrick (2011). Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442610705.
  11. ^ McKitrick, Ross (April – May 2008), "The Environmental Crisis: The Devil is in the Generalities" (PDF), Academic Matters
  12. ^ "econapp-in-climatology". econapp-in-climatology.
  13. ^ McKitrick, Ross (7 June 2019). "This scientist proved climate change isn't causing extreme weather — so politicians attacked". Financial Post. Opinion. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Lisa Raitt". Twitter. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

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