William Arbour

I am currently a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Toronto.

My research studies various ways to encourage inmates' social reintegration via, for instance, rehabilitation programs and supervised transition. More broadly, I am interested in the economics of crime and education, and labor economics.

I developed and taught a novel course, Introduction to Policy Evaluation, aimed at undergraduate and graduate students. Here is a preview of the content (in French).


I was awarded the Young Economist Award for the best paper by an economist under the age of 32 at the INFER International Conference.


Please, find the most up-to-date version of my CV here.


Working Papers

  • Prison Rehabilitation Programs: Efficiency and Targeting (NEW VERSION) [link, download]

  • Can Recidivism Be Prevented from Behind Bars? Evidence from a Behavioral Program [link, download]

Work in progress


Teaching Assistant

  • Principles of Microeconomics, Quantitative Methods, Health Economics, Applied Econometrics, Law and Economics


  • I created a LaTeX workshop aimed at undergraduate and graduate students covering the basics of the language and the proper way to construct tables, equations, etc. Contact me for the slides and videos (in French).

  • I developed and taught the course Introduction to Policy Evaluation, in which students are introduced to econometric methods such as difference-in-differences, instrumental variables and regression discontinuity. During the semester, the students dive into quantitative research and watch interviews that I ran with researchers.

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