Ron Kneebone is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Calgary. From 2006 to 2009 he also served as Director of the Institute for Advanced Policy Research. Since 2009, when the IAPR was restructured, he has served as Director of Economic & Social Policy Research in the School of Public Policy. His research interests lay mainly in the areas of the macroeconomic aspects of public finances and fiscal federalism. His published research has dealt with issues pertaining to government budget financing in a federal state, the political economy of government deficit and debt reduction, the history of government fiscal and monetary relations in Canada and the characteristics of Canadian federal, provincial and municipal fiscal policy choices. Professor Kneebone has acted as an advisor to provincial and municipal governments. He is a co-author on two well-known undergraduate textbooks: A text on economic principles (with Gregory Mankiw, Ken McKenzie) and an intermediate level text on macroeconomic theory (with Andrew Abel and Ben Bernanke). For joint work with Ken McKenzie he was awarded the Doug Purvis Memorial Prize for the best published work in Canadian public policy in 1999. From 2002 to 2006, Professor Kneebone served as an associate editor of Canadian Public Policy, Canada's foremost journal examining economic and social policy. An eight-time winner of a Superior Teaching Award in the Department of Economics he was also awarded the Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Teacher Award in 1997 and in 2003.