PhD Candidate Felix Morency-Lavoie
Félix Morency-Lavoie is a research scholar and PhD candidate at the Department of Economics of the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). He is affiliated with two research groups: Macroeconomics and Natural Resources at NHH as well as Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment at The Centre for Applied Research (SNF).
Morency-Lavoie’s main research interests are in the fields of environmental, energy, and resource economics. His work sits at the intersection of empirical industrial organization, environmental economics and spatial analysis. By improving our understanding of spatial interdependence of firms and their environment, his work aims to foster efficiency, sustainability and resilience of bio-economic systems.
His doctoral research concentrates on salmon aquaculture and examines how consolidation of ownership at the regional scale affects the behavior of firms in controlling the spread of parasites. The first dissertation chapter assesses the impact of mergers and acquisitions on environmental quality. The second chapter inquires about drivers of merger and acquisition. The third chapter evaluates how different spatial configurations of property rights heterogeneously affect the productivity of firms. The findings may have implications for other industries with important negative spatial externalities.
Morency-Lavoie has a varied background in both quantitative spatial analysis and natural resource management. Prior to joining NHH, he applied spatial analysis to corporate fraud detection. He also has extensive experience in industrial appraisal in the forestry sector and more broadly in the wood transformation industry across Canada.
Morency-Lavoie holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from NHH with a specialization in Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment (ENE). He completed his undergraduate studies at Université de Montréal (Economics, 2012) and HEC Montréal (Business Administration, 2005).
Supervisor: Linda Nøstbakken (NHH)
Co-Advisor: Joshua K. Abbott (Arizona State University)