Aidan Vining

CNABS Professor of Business and Government Relations
LL.B.(Hons.) (King's College, London), M.B.A. (Calif., Riverside), M.P.P., Ph.D (Calif., Berkeley)

Segal Room: SGL 3305
Segal Phone: 778.782.5249

Email Address: vining@sfu.ca

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Biography

Aidan R. Vining is the Centre for North American Business Studies (CNABS) Professor of Business and Government Relations in the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver. He has been at SFU since 1984. He has also held a number of administrative positions, most recently as the Academic Director of the Executive MBA at the Segal Graduate School. Previously, he was a faculty member at the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia.



Aidan obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. He also holds an LL.B (King's College, London) and an MBA and MPP. He researches in the areas of public policy, policy analysis, institutional analysis and business strategy. His current public policy research focuses on privatization, corporatization, contracting-out and public-private partnerships. His recent business research focuses on high-tech clusters, outsourcing and the role of internal markets. Over the past decade or so, Aidan has had over 40 widely cited articles published in leading journals such as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Health Economics, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Management Studies, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Public Affairs, Canadian Public Policy, Small Business Economics, Public Administration Review and Social Science and Medicine, among many others. His work is extensively cited (see Google Scholar). Over the same period, five of Aidan's articles have been reprinted in the International Library of Critical Writings in Economics and one in the International Library of Critical Writings in Business and Management. Three co-authored articles on cost-benefit analysis were reprinted in a Journal of Policy Analysis and Management volume on "classics" in cost-benefit analysis.



Along with co-authors, he is the recent winner of the John Vanderkamp prize (Canadian Economics Association) and the J.E. Hodgetts Award (Institute of Public Administration of Canada) and one of two finalists for the Kenneth J. Arrow prize for senior economists (BEpress). He is the co-author of Policy Analysis; Concepts and Practice (5th. Ed., Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2011) and Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice (3rd. Ed., Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2006.) He is the co-editor of Building the Future: Issues in Public Infrastructure in Canada (C.D. Howe, 2001). His most recent book is entitled Investing in the Disadvantaged published by Georgetown University Press (written and co-edited with D. Weimer). It applies cost-benefit analysis to a range of social programs. In the spring of 2012, Aidan (Principal Investigator) and SFU colleague A. Pavlov were awarded a 5-year SSHRC Insights Grant to investigate the industry profitability implications of government regulation. He has served as a consultant to both the British Columbia government (Ministry of the Environment) and the Federal government of Canada. He also serves on a number of Boards of Directors.

Specialization and Research Interests

Strategic analysis and planning; institutional design and public sector policy analysis and management.

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

John Richards; Aidan R. Vining

Universal Primary Education in Low-income Countries: The Contributing Role of National Governance

2015 | International Journal of Educational Development. 40: 174-182

Aidan R. Vining; Anthony Boardman; Mark A. Moore

The theory and evidence pertaining to local government mixed enterprises

2014 | Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics. 85(1): 53-86

Aidan R. Vining; Claude Laurin; David Weimer

The Longer-Run Performance Effects of Agencification: Theory and Evidence from Qu├ębec Agencies

2014 | Journal of Public Policy.

Aidan R. Vining; Anthony E. Boardman

Self-Interest Springs Eternal: Political Economy Reasons why Public-Private Partnerships Do Not Work as Well as Expected

2014 | CESifo Dice Report, Journal for Institutional Comparisons. 12(3): 17-23

Mark A. Moore; Anthony E. Boardman; Aidan R. Vining

More appropriate discounting: The rate of social time preference and the value of the social discount rate

2013 | Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 4(1): 1-16

Anthony E. Boardman; Claude Laurin; Mark A. Moore; Aidan R. Vining

Efficiency, profitability, and welfare gains from the Canadian national railway privatization

2013 | Research in Transportation Business and Management. 6: 19-30

Mark A. Moore; Anthony Boardman; Aidan R. Vining

The choice of the social discount rate and the opportunity cost of public funds

2013 | Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 4(3): 401-409

Anthony E. Boardman; Aidan R. Vining

The political economy of public-private partnerships and analysis of their social value

2012 | Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics. 83(2): 117-141

Aidan R. Vining

Public agency external analysis using a modified 'five forces' framework

2011 | International Public Management Journal. 14(1): 63-105

Lara Rosen; Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer

Addressing the shortage of kidneys for transplantation: Purchase and allocation through chain auctions

2011 | Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 36(4): 717-755

John G. Richards; Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer

Aboriginal performance on standardized tests: Evidence and analysis from provincial schools in British Columbia

2010 | Policy Studies Journal. 38(1): 47-67

Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer

An assessment of important issues concerning the application of benefit-cost analysis to social policy

2010 | Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 1(1): 1-38

Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer

Invited expert series: Policy analysis

2010 | Foundations of Public Administration Series, Association of Public Administration.

Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer

The application of cost-benefit analysis to social policy

2010 | La Follette Policy Report. 19(2): 1-4

Bonita I. Russell; Daniel Shapiro; Aidan R. Vining

The evolution of the Canadian mining industry: The role of regulatory punctuation

2010 | Resources Policy. 35(2): 90-97

Elicia M. Maine; Daniel Shapiro; Aidan R. Vining

The role of clustering in the growth of new technology-based firms

2010 | Small Business Economics. 34(2): 127-146

Anthony E. Boardman; Mark A. Moore; Aidan R. Vining

The social discount rate for Canada based on future growth in consumption

2010 | Canadian Public Policy. 36(3): 323-341

Aidan R. Vining; Anthony E. Boardman

Making P3S work

2010 | Canadian Government Executive. 16(2): 24-25

Anthony E. Boardman; Claude Laurin; Mark A. Moore; Aidan R. Vining

A cost-benefit analysis of the privatization of Canadian national railway

2009 | Canadian Public Policy. 35(1): 59-83

David L. Weimer; Aidan R. Vining; Randall K. Thomas

Cost-benefit analysis involving addictive goods: Contingent valuation to estimate willingness-to-pay for smoking cessation

2009 | Health Economics. 18(2): 181-202

James L. Armstrong; Anthony E. Boardman; Aidan R. Vining

Developing sound dental practice strategy: Really understanding your customers and your services

2009 | Dental Practice Management. Winter: 31-42

Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer

An assessment of important issues concerning the application of benefit-cost analysis to social policy (Principles and Standards Project)

2009

Michael J. Brydon; Aidan R. Vining

Adoption, improvement and disruption: Predicting the impact of open source applications in enterprise software markets

2008 | Journal of Database Management. 19(2): 1399-1420

Aidan R. Vining; Anthony E. Boardman

Public-private partnerships: Eight rules for governments

2008 | Public Works Management & Policy. 13(2): 149-161

Aidan R. Vining; Anthony E. Boardman

The potential role of public-private partnerships in the upgrade of port infrastructure: Normative and positive considerations

2008 | Maritime Policy & Management. 35(6): 551-569

Aidan R. Vining; Anthony E. Boardman

Public-private partnerships in Canada: Theory and evidence

2008 | Canadian Public Administration. 51(1): 9-44

Nancy Bilodeau; Claude Laurin; Aidan R. Vining

Choice of organizational form makes a real difference: The impact of corporatization on government agencies in Canada

2007 | Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory. 17(1): 119-147

Michael J. Brydon; Aidan R. Vining

Understanding the failure of internal knowledge markets: A framework for diagnosis and improvement

2006 | Information & Management. 43(8): 964-974

Richard Schwindt; Mark A. Moore; Aidan R. Vining

Canadian-U.S. trade policy: An economic analysis of the softwood lumber case

2004 | American Behavioral Scientist. 23(4)

Mark A. Moore; Anthony Boardman; Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer; David H. Greenberg

Just give me a number! Practical values for the social discount rate

2004 | Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 23(4): 789-812

Aidan R. Vining; Lindsay Meredith

Metachoice for strategic analysis

2001 | European Management Journal. 18(6): 605-6018

Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

Aidan R. Vining; David Weimer

Policy Analysis

2015 | International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 273-280

Aidan R. Vining; David Weimer

Cost-Benefit Analyses of Economic Policies (2000s-Present)

2014

Aidan R. Vining; David A. Weimer; Scott Farrow; Richard Zerbe

The application of benefit-cost analysis to social policy: An assessment and agenda

2013 | Principles and Standards for Benefit-Cost Analysis. Chapter 1: 25-62

Scott Farrow; Aidan R. Vining; David A. Weimer; Richard O. Zerbe, Jr.

An assessment of important issues concerning the application of benefit-cost analysis to social policy

2013 | Principles and Standards for Benefit-Cost Analysis. Chapter 1: 25-62

Anthony E. Boardman; Graeme A. Hodge; Aidan R. Vining; Carsten Greve

P3s in North America: Renting the money (in Canada), selling the roads (in the US)

2012 | International Handbook of Public-Private Partnerships. Chapter 16: 354-398

Michael J. Brydon; Keng Siau; Aidan R. Vining; John Erickson

A dynamic model of adoption and improvement for open source business applications

2010 | Principle Advancements in Database Management Technologies: New Applications and Frameworks. Chapter 11: 225-249

Anthony E. Boardman; Graeme A. Hodge; Aidan R. Vining; Carsten Greve

Assessing the economic worth of public-private partnerships

2010 | International Handbook of Public-Private Partnerships. Chapter 8: 159-186

Andrew Schmitz; David L. Weimer; Richard O. Zerbe; Aidan R. Vining

An illustration: Taxing alcohol to save lives

2009 | Applied Benefit-Cost Analysis. Chapter 15:

Andrew Schmitz; Anthony E. Boardman; Richard O. Zerbe; Aidan R. Vining; W G. Waters

Costs and benefits through bureaucratic lenses: Example of a highway project

2009 | Applied Benefit-Cost Analysis, the International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, Number 231. Chapter 19: 532-555

David L. Weimer; Aidan R. Vining

Investing in the disadvantaged

2009

Michael J. Brydon; John Erickson; Aidan R. Vining

Adoption, improvement and disruption: Predicting the impact of open source applications in enterprise software markets

2009 | Database technnologies: Concepts, methodologies, tools and applications, Volue IV. Chapter 8.11: 2572-2594

Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer

Assessing the costs and benefits of social programs

2009 | Investing in the disadvantaged: Assessing the benefits and costs of social policies. Chapter 1: 1-16

Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer

Overview of the state-of-the-art of CBA in social policy

2009 | Investing in the disadvantaged: Assessing the benefits and costs of social policies. Chapter 13: 219-248

David L. Weimer; Aidan R. Vining

An agenda for promoting and improving the use of CBA in social policy

2009 | Investing in the disadvantaged: Assessing the benefits and costs of social policies. Chapter 14: 249-272

Stanley J. Paliwida; Anthony E. Boardman; John K. Ryans Jr.; Daniel Shapiro; Aidan R. Vining

The role of agency costs in explaining the superior performance of foreign MNE subsidiaries

2008 | International marketing: Modern and classic papers (Volume III). Chapter 7: 100-122

David L. Weimer; Richard Schwindt; Aidan R. Vining; Steven Globerman Ross

Net loss: A cost-benefit analysis of the Canadian Pacific salmon fishery

2008 | Cost-benefit analysis and public policy. Chapter 32: 419-439

David L. Weimer; Anthony E. Boardman; Aidan R. Vining; W G. Waters

Costs and benefits through bureaucratic lenses: Example of a highway project

2008 | Cost-benefit analysis and public policy. Chapter 22: 214-234532-555

Mark Sproule-Jones; Richard Schwindt; Carolyn Johns; Aidan R. Vining; B. T. Heinmiller

Conflict and reform in the BC salmon fishery

2008 | Canadian water politics: Conflicts and institutions. Chapter 11: 286-307

Mark A. Moore; Anthony Boardman; Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer; David H. Greenberg

Just give me a number! Practical values for the social discount rate

2008 | Cost-benefit analysis and public policy. Chapter 11: 102-124

Richard O. Zerbe; Mark A. Moore; Anthony Boardman; Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer; David H. Greenberg

Just give me a number! Practical values for the social discount rate

2008 | Benefit-Cost Analysis, Volume II. Chapter 13:

David Gillen; Anthony Boardman; Graham Parsons; Aidan R. Vining; Barry Prentice; Peter Wallis

Can P3s contribute to the upgrade of Canada's Asia-Pacific trade infrastructure?

2008 | Canada's Asia-Pacific gateway and corridor initiative: Policy, trade and gateway economics, Vol. I. 13-65

Laurent Dobuzinskis; Aidan R. Vining; Michael Howlett; Anthony E. Boardman; David Laycock

The choice of formal policy analysis methods in Canada

2007 | Policy analysis in Canada. Chapter 3: 48-85

Mark A. Moore; Aidan R. Vining; Anthony Boardman; John Richards; David H. Greenberg

The social discount rate in Canada

2001 | Building the Future: Issues in Public Infrastructure in Canada. 73-130

Teaching Related Material

David L. Weimer; Aidan R. Vining

Policy analysis: Concepts and practice (5th Edition)

2010 | Book, Textbook - Revised

Anthony E. Boardman; David Greenberg; Aidan R. Vining; David L. Weimer

Cost-benefit analysis: Concepts and practice (4th Edition)

2010 | Book, Textbook - Revised

Conference Proceedings

Mark A. Moore; Aidan R. Vining; John Richards

The social discount rate in Canada

2008 | Queen

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