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Ted Horbulyk

Pronouns: he/him


Associate Professor Emeritus

Faculty of Arts, Department of Economics

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Educational Background

PhD Economics, Queen's University at Kingston, 1989

MA Economics, Queen's University at Kingston, 1984

BSc(Agr) Honours Agricultural Economics, University of British Columbia, 1977


Ted Horbulyk is an associate professor emeritus of economics at the University of Calgary. He held a full-time appointment from 1989-2015. During that time, he served as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics (1995-98); as project supervisor for the university’s Community Health Development Project in mid-western Nepal (1997-2001); and as a charter trustee, vice-chair, then chair of the Board of Trustees of the Universities Academic Pension Plan (1997-2006). Nationally, Ted was a founding participant in a number of research consortia, including the Canadian Water Network, the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research, and the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network. Internationally, he served as a participating researcher in the Central American Water Resource Management Network (1999-2014); as a resource person for the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (2003-16); and as a non-resident International Scholar in Economics at the National University of Mongolia (2006-08). He has held visiting appointments at universities in Australia, El Salvador, Norway, and elsewhere in Canada.

At the University of Calgary, Ted taught more than ten distinct economics courses, and designed and introduced undergraduate courses in cost-benefit analysis and water resource economics and policy. He was research supervisor or examiner for numerous graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

As an emeritus scholar, Ted accepted an appointment to lead the economics research group based at the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2015-18). In 2019, he was appointed a continuing, part-time member of Canada’s Competition Tribunal, with responsibility to adjudicate cases brought in such areas as corporate mergers and monopoly behaviour. For the period 2020-22, Ted is a member of a United Nations working group that will examine social responses to drought. He serves as a part-time advisor or consultant to a number of clients, principally on issues of economic development and policy.


Areas of Research

Agricultural, environmental and resource economics, Applied welfare economics, Cost-benefit analysis, Economic development, Public finance and public policy, Water resource economics and policy


  • Order of the Good Servant, University of Calgary Faculty Association. 2003
  • Member of the Honour Roll, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. 1999
  • Norman A. Berg Fellowship in Public Conservation Policy, Soil and Water Conservation Society. 1995
  • The F.M. Clement Prize in Agricultural Economics, University of British Columbia . 1977


  • Water Policy in Canada. Horbulyk, Ted. Chapter 3 in Steven Renzetti and Diane P. Dupont (Editors), Water Policy and Governance in Canada, Global Issues in Water Policy Series, Volume 17. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. 29-43. (2017)
  • Resilience of River Basin Governance Institutions in the Saskatchewan River Basin of Western Canada. Horbulyk, Ted. Chapter 6 in Dustin E. Garrick, George R.M. Anderson, Daniel Connell and Jamie Pittock (eds.), Federal Rivers: Managing Water in Multi-layered Political Systems. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. 90-104. (2014)
  • Liquid Gold: Water Markets in Canada. Horbulyk, Ted. Chapter 10 in Karen J. Bakker, (editor) Eau Canada: The Future of Canada's Water, Vancouver: UBC Press. 205–218. (2006)
  • Strategy and Incentives in the Compulsory Licensing of Intellectual Property in Agriculture. Horbulyk, Theodore M. Chapter 18 in William H. Lesser (editor) Transitions in Agbiotech: Economics of Strategy and Policy. Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut, Food Marketing Policy Center. 339-358. (2000)
  • Welfare Gains from Potential Water Markets in Alberta, Canada. Horbulyk, Theodore M. and Lynda J. Lo. Chapter 15 in K. William Easter, Mark W. Rosegrant and Ariel Dinar, (eds.) Markets for Water: Potential and Performance. Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic. 241-257. (1998)
  • Canada. Horbulyk, Theodore M. Chapter 6 in Ariel Dinar and Ashok Subramanian (eds.) Water Pricing Experiences: an International Perspective. World Bank Technical Paper No. 386. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank. 37-45. (1997)
  • Water and Resource Conflicts in Thailand: An Economic Perspective. Flatters, Frank and Theodore M. Horbulyk. Chapter 1 in Thailand Development Research Institute, Water Conflicts. Bangkok: TDRI. 11-53. (1994)
  • Restructuring the Administration of Canada’s Agricultural Stabilization Programs. Horbulyk, Theodore M. in John S.P. Robson, (ed.) Volume IV: Other Programs of the 1992 Fraser Institute Economy in Government Competition: Finalists’ Proposals. Vancouver: The Fraser Institute. (1993)
  • Learning from the Mistakes of Others: Strengthening Economic Analysis for the Regulation and Management of Natural Resources and the Environment. Horbulyk, Theodore M. Proceedings of the International Conference in Honor of the 60th Anniversary of the School of Economic Studies on the theme: “Problems Faced by Central Asian Countries with Transition Economies,” National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, May 2007. 402-409. (2007)
  • Workshop Summary Report: Mathematical Modeling of Water Resource Allocation Strategies. Ayoo, Collins A., Ted Horbulyk, and Marian Weber. Banff: Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery. (2007)
  • Integrated Policy Instruments and Agricultural Water Allocation in the Bow River Basin of Southern Alberta. He, Lixia, and Theodore M. Horbulyk. in Henry Epp and Dave Ealey (eds.) Proceedings of “Water: Science and Politics,” Alberta Society for Professional Biologists 2006 Annual Conference and Workshop, Calgary, March 25-28, 2006, Edmonton: Alberta Society for Professional Biologists. 237-244. (2007)
  • Case Study: Interjurisdictional Conflict and Cooperation in the Watershed of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. McIntosh, Karen M. and Theodore M. Horbulyk. in Leslie Taylor and Anne Ryall (eds.), Banff Mountain Summit 2003: Mountains as Water Towers, Proceedings of a conference held at the Banff Centre, November 23-26, 2003. Banff, AB: Banff Centre. 44-48. (2004)
  • Choice of Strategies to Reduce Agricultural Impacts on Groundwater: The Case of Anaerobic Digesters and Intensive Livestock Production. Todosichuk, Peter W. and Theodore M. Horbulyk. Proceedings of the 2003 “Two Rivers Conference,” 56th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, 4th Joint IAH-CNC/CGS Conference September 29-October 1, 2003. Winnipeg: IAH. (2003)
  • The Role of Economic Instruments to Resolve Water Quantity Problems. Adamowicz, Wiktor L. and Theodore M. Horbulyk. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7976.1996.tb04428.x. (1996)
  • Impact of Payment Options on Prairie Agriculture. Horbulyk, Theodore M., William A. Kerr and K. K. Klein. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7976.1992.tb03719.x. (1992)
  • Pricing Reforms for Sustainable Water Use and Management in Vietnam. Horbulyk, Ted and Joseph P.G. Price. Inclusive Green Economies Working Paper. Geneva: United Nations Environment Programme, Resources and Markets Branch. (2018)
  • Pricing Reforms for Sustainable Water Use and Management in the Philippines. Horbulyk, Ted and Joseph P.G. Price. Inclusive Green Economies Working Paper. Geneva: United Nations Environment Programme, Resources and Markets Branch. (2018)
  • Water Pricing: An Option for Improving Water Management in Alberta. Horbulyk, Theodore M. Report prepared for the Alberta Water Research Institute’s project on Financial and Market-Based Instruments for Sustainable Water Management. Edmonton: Alberta Water Research Institute. (2010)