Brenda Spotton Visano

Department of Economics
School of Public Policy and Administration

Professor
University Professor

Office: McLaughlin College, 130
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 20470
Emailspotton@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/spotton

Brenda Spotton Visano is a University Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Economics. She is a member of the Graduate Programs in Economics, Public Policy Administration & Law, Sociology, and Social & Political Thought. She teaches, researches and publishes in the areas of macroeconomics, monetary theory and policy, access to basic banking, and higher education. Dr. Spotton Visano has been a consultant to agencies of the Canadian Federal Government, the not-for-profit sector, labour organizations, and universities.

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Professor Spotton Visano's research uses interdisciplinary materials from economics, sociology, business and political science to examine comparatively the history and evolution of instability in and access to financial institutions and markets. Her current research in microfinance focuses on the way in which community-based financial arrangements in Canada's inner cities can promote financial inclusion, local community development and financial stability. She works closely with community partners to promote basic financial literacy and consumer financial protection in Canada. Funded research in the area of access to higher education for non-traditional students complements her research on access to basic finance.

Professor Spotton Visano is an award winning teacher--recipient of the University Wide Teaching Award (2001) and the the provincial OCUFA award for teaching excellence (2000). She teaches courses on money and banking, macroeconomics, and interdisciplinary research methods. Graduate and senior undergraduate students conduct supervised research in related areas.

Professor Spotton Visano is a member of the Research Sub-committee of the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy (Financial Consumer Agency of Canada), the Progressive Economics Forum Steering Committee, and the community-based Black Creek Financial Action Network. Recognition of her professional service contributions includes the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations "Status of Women Award of Distinction" (2012), the Canadian Association of University Teachers Dedicated Service Award (2004).

Area of Specialization

Macroeconomics/Finance

Degrees

PhD, McGill University

Professional Leadership

Member, Research Sub-committee of the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy/Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (2015-2017); Member, Steering Committee, Progressive Economics Forum (1999-present); Member, Black Creek Financial Action Network; Director, Transition Year Program (2010-2015); Chair and Chief Spokesperson, York University Pension Group [Coalition of Representatives from all Unionized Employee Groups: YUFA, YUSA, CUPE 3903, CUPE 1356, IUOE 772, OHFA, OPSEU to negotiate changes to the York University Pension Plan] (2012-2015); Member, Academic Advisory Board, Institute for Social Research (2007-2010); Chief Negotiator, York University Faculty Association (2001, 2003, 2009, 2012); Chair/Vice Chair, York University Senate (2006-2008); President, Canadian Women Economists Network/Réseau de Femmes Économistes (CWEN /RFÉ)(1999-2001)

Community Contributions

Black Creek Financial Action Network; Steering Committee-Black Creek Microcredit Loan Fund (Chapter of the Access Community Loan Fund)

Research Interests

Economics , Financial and Monetary Systems , Microfinance, Financial Crises, Higher Education

Current Research Projects

Including Us All: Community-Based Finance for Community Capacity Building

Summary: 
“Including Us All” is a research and outreach project that seeks to increase the capacity of local community groups in inner-city, at-risk communities and government policy makers in Canada to understand and use research about financial services on the “fringe” of the Canadian financial services industry, including micro-credit programs, payday and other high-cost consumer loans.

Description: 
Financial inclusion exists when Canadians access the delivery of safe and affordable basic banking services. There are, however, increasing numbers of Canadians who are financially excluded by virtue of having no credit rating, a bad credit rating (for reasons not necessarily of their own making), or simply because their financial literacy skills are too limited to permit informed interaction with the mainstream financial institutions. Simultaneously, there is a notable increase in the use of payday and other high-cost consumer loans to bridge short term gaps in income at effective annual rates of interest substantially higher than rates charged by mainstream credit providers used proportionately more by youth and low income families. Finally, while there is increased community and local government interest in establishing community-based microcredit funds as a means for promoting community investment and economic development, there is a lack of understanding as to how these programs work or how best to adapt various options to best serve local community needs in Canada. Juxtaposed against these shifts in Canada’s consumer financial landscape is a growing awareness that in the rush to globalize finance, local communities have been starved for funds for local development and renewal. There is a growing literature and policy concern that payday loans and the like are predatory. With the recent mutation of these services and an increasing availability on-line, effectively regulating for consumer financial protection challenges policy makers at all levels of government. Various parts of this project examine the desirability, fairness, effectiveness, and efficiency of various delivery and regulatory means of ensuring the financial inclusion of low income Canadians. For more information, please visit Community Finance Project's webpage at www.yorku.ca/yucfp

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
SSHRC-Public Outreach Grant
SSHRC-Public Outreach Grant

All Publications

Books

Room to Grow: Celebrating Atkinson’s Living Legacy Eds. Brenda Spotton Visano and Kristin Taylor, Toronto Canada: York University, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-55014-508-3 (205pp)

Financial Crises: Socio-economic Causes and Institutional Context London & New York: Routledge.2006 ISBN: 0-41536-2873

Book Chapters

“Debt Crises” and "Currency Crises" Encyclopedia on Central Banking Eds. Louis-Philippe Rochon and Sergio Rossi, London: Edward Elgar, 2015

“The high health costs of being poor in Canada” Ch. 9 pp 209-222 in “Righting” Humanity: in our time? Eds. Merle Jacobs and L.A. Visano, (Toronto: APF Press, 2015)

“Causes and Consequences [of Booms and Busts]” and “Financial Fragility” in Booms and Busts: An Encyclopedia of Economic History from Tulipmania of the 1630's to the Global Financial Crisis of the 21st Century Ed. James Ciment,2010

"Where's the Justice? Health Inequity, Income Inequality and Canada's Culture of Individualism" in Justice, Health and Culture Ed. M. Jacobs (Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2008).

“Banking Industry” (pp.250-4); "Speculation" (pp.54-5); "Panics" (pp.124-5) and "Great Tulip Mania" (p.375) International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2nd ed., 9 vols. Ed. William A. Darity Jr. (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008)

"Neoclassical Economics as Thrasymachean Justice?" A Reader in Social Justice Ed. M. Jacobs (Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2006 )

"Monetary Dialogue and Dogma in the Bank of Canada: Inside Evidence Revisited" (Rowley, R. and B. Spotton Visano) Central Banking in the Modern World: Alternative Perspectives Eds. M. Lavoie and M. Seccareccia (Cheltenham, U.K Edward Elgar, 2004) pp. 91-111.

"Financial Crises, Crashes, and Speculative Bubbles: The Regulation Imperative in a Critique of Recent Episodes" in Global Political Economy and the Wealth of Nations: Performance Institutions, Problems and Policies. Ed. P. O'Hara (London & New York: Routledge, 2004 ) pp. 225-244.

"Macroeconomic Perspectives" (B. Spotton Visano, S. Ladner, A. Tabussum, and X. Zhang), Chapter 6 of Monitoring the Digital Divide... and Beyond Ed. G. Sciadas (Orbicom: UNESCO and Universite du Quebec a Montreal, 2003) pp. 83-88.

"Electronic Payments and Exchange Rate Regimes: Industry Changes and the Question of a Single North American Currency" Dol/ariiation: Lessons from Europe for the Americas Eds. L.P. Rochon and M. Seccareccia (London & New York: Routledge, 2003) pp. 116-128.

"Monetary Dialogue and Dogma in the Bank of Canada: Inside Evidence Revisited" (R. Rowley and B. Spotton Visano) Central Banking in the Modern World: Alternative Perspectives Eds. M. Lavoie and M. Seccareccia (Cheltenham, U.K Edward Elgar, 2004) pp. 91-111.

"Electronic Banking and Transnational Corporate Activity: Conjectural Implications for National Monetary Policy and Future Monetary Arrangements" Financial Asymmetries Eds. B. Batavia, A. Malliaris, N. Lash. (Toronto: APF Press, 2002) pp. 47-59.

"Margaret Myers" Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists Eds. R. Dimand, M.A. Dimand, and E. Forget. (London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2000) pp. 320-322

"Regulation and Deregulation: Financial" Encyclopedia of Political Economy. Ed. P.A. O'Hara (London and New York: Routledge, 1999), vol. 2: 971 - 974.

"Speculative Bubbles and Fundamental Values" (Spotton, B. and P.A. O'Hara) in Ed. P.A. O'Hara Encyclopedia of Political Economy (London and New York: Routledge,1999), vol. 2: 1079-1082 (Invited contribution).

"The Role of Credit in the Mania-Crisis Process" Money, Financial Institutions and Macroeconomics, Eds. A. Cohen, H. Hagemann and J. Smithin (Boston: Kluwer, 1997) pp. 141-153.

Journal Articles

“Gendering Social Location in a Post-Keynesian Theory of Financial Crises” Ed. Jim Stanford, Symposium on Post-Keynesian Economics, in Studies in Political Economy (forthcoming)

Building and Sustaining Community-University Partnerships in Marginalized Urban Areas, Ahmed Allahwala, Susannah Bunce , Lesley Beagrie , Shauna Brail , Timothy Hawthorne , Sue Levesque, Jürgen von Mahs & Brenda Spotton Visano (2013): Journal of Geography, 112:2, 43-57 On line at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00221341.2012.692702

“Evidence of Social Referencing Behaviour during Market Bubbles” (Stephen Chen, Brenda Spotton Visano, Michael Lui, Chaohui Lu) IAENG International Journal of Computer Science, 2010. Volume 37 Issue 4, Pages 359-366 London, U.K On line at http://www.iaeng.org/IJCS/issues_v37/issue_4/index.html

“Whither the Crime in Financial Crises? The Thailand Crisis and the NASDAQ Market Collapse Compared.” International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, 2008(1), 97-110

“A Hybrid Multi-agent Model for Financial Markets” (S. Chen, J. Tien, and B. Spotton Visano) in N.T. Nguyen et al. (Eds.) : New Frontiers in Applied Artificial Intelligence of Lecture Notes in Computer Science IEA/AIE 2008, LNAI 5027, pp. 531–540.

“Different and Unequal: Payday Loans and Microcredit in Canada” Journal of Economic Asymmetries 2008 Vol.5 No.1, 109-123

"Introducing Social Investors into Multi-Agent Models of Financial Markets" (S. Chen,B. Spotton Visano and Y. Kong) Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 2006. 4031: 44-53.

“Financial Manias and Panics: A Socioeconomic Perspective” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 2002 61(4): 801-822. Excerpted and Translated 2003. «Bulles et paniques financières : une perspective socio-economique » in Problèmes Economiques No 2385 Mer 10 (Dec): 7-14

"Efficient Markets, Fundamentals, and Crashes: American Theories of Financial Crises and Market Volatility" (Spotton, B. and R. Rowley)American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 1998, 57(4): 663-690.

"Financial Instability Reconsidered: Orthodox Theories versus Historical Facts." Journal of Economic Issues (Affiliate journal of the Association for Evolutionary Economics)1997, 3(1): 175-195.

"Monetary Dialogue and Dogma in Canada: The Inside View." (Spotton, B. and R. Rowley) Canadian Business Economics (Affiliate journal of Canadian Association of Business Economists) 1996 5(1): 20 - 32.

"Financial Instability: Some Stylized Facts." Canadian Journal of Economics 1996 (29): S202-S206.

"A Note on Rational Speculative Bubbles" (Kompas, T. and B. Spotton) Economics Letters 1989, 30(4): 327-331.

Conference Proceedings

“Quantitative Results for a Qualitative Investor Model – A Hybrid Multi-Agent Model with Social Investors” (Stephen Chen, Brenda Spotton Visano, and Michael Lui) Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2010 Vol I WCE 2010, June 30 - July 2, 2010, London, U.K. (Awarded a Certificate of Merit) On line at http://www.iaeng.org/publication/WCE2010/WCE2010_pp390-394.pdf

Conference Papers

“Assessing Microcredit Program Success for Community Economic Development in Canada” (Brenda Spotton Visano with Neil Britto) Canadian Economics Association, 2014

“Bridging Process and Outcomes: Assessing the Non-financial Performance of Canadian Microcredit Programs” (Neil Britto and Brenda Spotton Visano) Canadian Evaluation Society’s Annual Conference, 2012

"Who Bears the Burden? An Appraisal of the Socio-economic Impact of the Indonesian Crisis" (Spotton Visano, Brenda and Beatriz Cid) Presented to the Canadian Women Economists Network and Canadian Economics Association, Halifax Canada, 2007

"Confronting uncertainty: the fragility of financial institutions in structuring social interaction" (Spotton Visano, Brenda and Gervan Fearon) Session: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Economic Issues; Presented to the Progressive Economics Forum and Canadian Economics Association, Vancouver Canada, 2007.

"The Evolution of Financial Crises: Towards a Structural-Functional Analysis of Systemic Fragility" Presented at "Asymmetries in Trade and Currency Arrangements in the 21rst Century" hosted by and at the Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt Germany and by the Athenian Policy Forum, 2004

"A Research Agenda for the Information Society" (Brenda Spotton Visano and George Sciadas) Presented to the Canadian Economics Association. Ottawa Canada, 2003.

"Financial Instability Revisited: Recent Experience with Innovation and Institutional Change" Presented to the Progressive Economics Forum and the Canadian Economics Association Ottawa, 2003.

"Electronic Finance and Exchange Rate Regimes: Industry Changes and the Question of a Single North American Currency" International Council for Canadian Studies Conference on "Monetary and Financial Integration: Lessons from Europe for the Americas. The Debate over the Common Currency" Ottawa, 2000.

"The Increasing Fragility of Western Financial Capital Markets: The Impact of Information Communications Technologies on the Industry and its Stability." Presented to the Progressive Economics Forum and Canadian Economics Association, Vancouver Canada, 2000.

"Electronic Banking Implications for National Monetary Policy in a Global Financial Context." Presented at the Conference on Asymmetries in Financial Globalization, Loyola University, Chicago, USA, 1999.

Published Reviews Of Your Work

Book Review of Financial Crises..., by Hans G. Despain, Review of Radical Political Economics June 2014, 46: 252-257 On line at http://rrp.sagepub.com/content/46/2.toc

Research Reports

“Is there a Best Fit? Assessing Alternative Entrance Pathways into an Undergraduate Degree for Non-Traditional Students at York University” Andrea Medovarski, Leslie Sanders, Brenda Spotton Visano, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2015, 47 pps. plus Appendixes http://www.heqco.ca/en-ca/Research/ResPub/Pages/Is-there-a-Best-Fit-Assessing-Alternative-Entrance-Pathways-into-an-Undergraduate-Degree-for-Non-Traditional-Students.aspx

“Report of the Working Group on Evening/Weekend Education at York University” full and abridged versions. Carolyn Edgecombe, Leslie Sanders, Brenda Spotton Visano 2009,72pps. Available electronically at the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students website http://www.yorku.ca/acmaps/research.html

"Analysis of Prices and Quantities of Global Cellular and Telephone Data" (X. Zhang and B. Spotton Visano) Submitted to Orbicom (UNESCO and Universite du Quebec a Montreal, 2003) Pp.10

Report of the Special Committee to Examine the Status of Women Economists in Canada. 2001. (Brenda Spotton Visano, Martin Dooley, Nicole Fortin, Nancy Gallini, and Frances Woolley) . Special Committee of the Canadian Women Economists Network and the Canadian Economics Association, Pp.60 Submitted to the Canadian Women Economists Network and the Canadian Economics Association

"Electronic Money and Electronic Financial Transactions" Prepared under contract for and submitted to Statistics Canada, Part of the Telecommunications Statistical Infrastructure and Economic Analysis Program funded by the Telecommunications Policy Branch of Industry Canada, 1998 Pp.30.

Public Lectures

“Resolving Crises: One More Chance to get it Right…by going Left” Crisis and Opportunity: It's Time for a Progressive Economy, Parkland Institute, 2009.

“The Evolution of Financial Crises: Towards a Structural-Functional Analysis of Systemic Fragility” Presented at Asymmetries in Trade and Currency Arrangements in the 21rst Century, Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt Germany and Athenian Policy Forum, 2004

"Toward a Socio-Economic Perspective on Financial Manias and Panics" York University Brownbag Research Seminar Series, 2003.

“Capital, Community and Conscience” Keynote Address, New Social Contracts for Human Security, International Conference on Human Security, Narsuan University, Thailand, 2003

"Issues of Economic Structure" (B. Spotton Visano and Michael McCracken) Presented to the Canadian Labour Congress Researchers Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 1998.

Other

“Evaluating Small Canadian Microcredit Programs – Proposed Indicators for the Social Performance Evaluation of Canadian Microcredit Programs and ACCESS Community Capital Fund” Neil Britto and Brenda Spotton Visano submitted to ACCESS Community Capital Fund, 2012

"Micro-credit Programs: Key Characteristics and Design Considerations" (Varun Dua, Swetha Subbiah, Brenda Spotton Visano) Unpublished Report to the Black Creek Community Capacity Building Project-Microcredit Working Group, 2007.

"Survey on Self-Employment Opportunities and Lending Needs" (Survey Design: Ayuel Ayuel, Christine Davis, Varun Dua, Edric Low, Brenda Spotton Visano, Swetha Subbiah, Gigi Yip) Black Creek West Community Capacity Building Project, 2007.

Approach To Teaching

Planned lecture courses for 2016-2017 are:

Economics: Money and Banking I
F term ECON 3430 3.0A TR 1:00 - 2:30
F term ECON 3430 3.0B M 7:00 - 10:00

Public Policy and Law
W term PPAL 6200 sec M on Wed 7:00 - 10:00(Downtown)
W term PPAL 6200 sec N on Tue 7:00 - 10:00(Keele campus)


Brenda Spotton Visano is a University Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Economics. She is a member of the Graduate Programs in Economics, Public Policy Administration & Law, Sociology, and Social & Political Thought. She teaches, researches and publishes in the areas of macroeconomics, monetary theory and policy, access to basic banking, and higher education. Dr. Spotton Visano has been a consultant to agencies of the Canadian Federal Government, the not-for-profit sector, labour organizations, and universities.


Professor Spotton Visano's research uses interdisciplinary materials from economics, sociology, business and political science to examine comparatively the history and evolution of instability in and access to financial institutions and markets. Her current research in microfinance focuses on the way in which community-based financial arrangements in Canada's inner cities can promote financial inclusion, local community development and financial stability. She works closely with community partners to promote basic financial literacy and consumer financial protection in Canada. Funded research in the area of access to higher education for non-traditional students complements her research on access to basic finance.

Professor Spotton Visano is an award winning teacher--recipient of the University Wide Teaching Award (2001) and the the provincial OCUFA award for teaching excellence (2000). She teaches courses on money and banking, macroeconomics, and interdisciplinary research methods. Graduate and senior undergraduate students conduct supervised research in related areas.

Professor Spotton Visano is a member of the Research Sub-committee of the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy (Financial Consumer Agency of Canada), the Progressive Economics Forum Steering Committee, and the community-based Black Creek Financial Action Network. Recognition of her professional service contributions includes the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations "Status of Women Award of Distinction" (2012), the Canadian Association of University Teachers Dedicated Service Award (2004).

Area of Specialization

Macroeconomics/Finance

Degrees

PhD, McGill University

Professional Leadership

Member, Research Sub-committee of the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy/Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (2015-2017); Member, Steering Committee, Progressive Economics Forum (1999-present); Member, Black Creek Financial Action Network; Director, Transition Year Program (2010-2015); Chair and Chief Spokesperson, York University Pension Group [Coalition of Representatives from all Unionized Employee Groups: YUFA, YUSA, CUPE 3903, CUPE 1356, IUOE 772, OHFA, OPSEU to negotiate changes to the York University Pension Plan] (2012-2015); Member, Academic Advisory Board, Institute for Social Research (2007-2010); Chief Negotiator, York University Faculty Association (2001, 2003, 2009, 2012); Chair/Vice Chair, York University Senate (2006-2008); President, Canadian Women Economists Network/Réseau de Femmes Économistes (CWEN /RFÉ)(1999-2001)

Community Contributions

Black Creek Financial Action Network; Steering Committee-Black Creek Microcredit Loan Fund (Chapter of the Access Community Loan Fund)

Research Interests:

Economics , Financial and Monetary Systems , Sociology , Microfinance, Financial Crises, Higher Education

Current Research Projects

Including Us All: Community-Based Finance for Community Capacity Building

Summary: 
“Including Us All” is a research and outreach project that seeks to increase the capacity of local community groups in inner-city, at-risk communities and government policy makers in Canada to understand and use research about financial services on the “fringe” of the Canadian financial services industry, including micro-credit programs, payday and other high-cost consumer loans.

Description: 
Financial inclusion exists when Canadians access the delivery of safe and affordable basic banking services. There are, however, increasing numbers of Canadians who are financially excluded by virtue of having no credit rating, a bad credit rating (for reasons not necessarily of their own making), or simply because their financial literacy skills are too limited to permit informed interaction with the mainstream financial institutions. Simultaneously, there is a notable increase in the use of payday and other high-cost consumer loans to bridge short term gaps in income at effective annual rates of interest substantially higher than rates charged by mainstream credit providers used proportionately more by youth and low income families. Finally, while there is increased community and local government interest in establishing community-based microcredit funds as a means for promoting community investment and economic development, there is a lack of understanding as to how these programs work or how best to adapt various options to best serve local community needs in Canada. Juxtaposed against these shifts in Canada’s consumer financial landscape is a growing awareness that in the rush to globalize finance, local communities have been starved for funds for local development and renewal. There is a growing literature and policy concern that payday loans and the like are predatory. With the recent mutation of these services and an increasing availability on-line, effectively regulating for consumer financial protection challenges policy makers at all levels of government. Various parts of this project examine the desirability, fairness, effectiveness, and efficiency of various delivery and regulatory means of ensuring the financial inclusion of low income Canadians. For more information, please visit Community Finance Project's webpage at www.yorku.ca/yucfp

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
SSHRC-Public Outreach Grant
SSHRC-Public Outreach Grant

All Publications

Books

Room to Grow: Celebrating Atkinson’s Living Legacy Eds. Brenda Spotton Visano and Kristin Taylor, Toronto Canada: York University, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-55014-508-3 (205pp)

Financial Crises: Socio-economic Causes and Institutional Context London & New York: Routledge.2006 ISBN: 0-41536-2873

Book Chapters

“Debt Crises” and "Currency Crises" Encyclopedia on Central Banking Eds. Louis-Philippe Rochon and Sergio Rossi, London: Edward Elgar, 2015

“The high health costs of being poor in Canada” Ch. 9 pp 209-222 in “Righting” Humanity: in our time? Eds. Merle Jacobs and L.A. Visano, (Toronto: APF Press, 2015)

“Causes and Consequences [of Booms and Busts]” and “Financial Fragility” in Booms and Busts: An Encyclopedia of Economic History from Tulipmania of the 1630's to the Global Financial Crisis of the 21st Century Ed. James Ciment,2010

"Where's the Justice? Health Inequity, Income Inequality and Canada's Culture of Individualism" in Justice, Health and Culture Ed. M. Jacobs (Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2008).

“Banking Industry” (pp.250-4); "Speculation" (pp.54-5); "Panics" (pp.124-5) and "Great Tulip Mania" (p.375) International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2nd ed., 9 vols. Ed. William A. Darity Jr. (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008)

"Neoclassical Economics as Thrasymachean Justice?" A Reader in Social Justice Ed. M. Jacobs (Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2006 )

"Monetary Dialogue and Dogma in the Bank of Canada: Inside Evidence Revisited" (Rowley, R. and B. Spotton Visano) Central Banking in the Modern World: Alternative Perspectives Eds. M. Lavoie and M. Seccareccia (Cheltenham, U.K Edward Elgar, 2004) pp. 91-111.

"Financial Crises, Crashes, and Speculative Bubbles: The Regulation Imperative in a Critique of Recent Episodes" in Global Political Economy and the Wealth of Nations: Performance Institutions, Problems and Policies. Ed. P. O'Hara (London & New York: Routledge, 2004 ) pp. 225-244.

"Macroeconomic Perspectives" (B. Spotton Visano, S. Ladner, A. Tabussum, and X. Zhang), Chapter 6 of Monitoring the Digital Divide... and Beyond Ed. G. Sciadas (Orbicom: UNESCO and Universite du Quebec a Montreal, 2003) pp. 83-88.

"Electronic Payments and Exchange Rate Regimes: Industry Changes and the Question of a Single North American Currency" Dol/ariiation: Lessons from Europe for the Americas Eds. L.P. Rochon and M. Seccareccia (London & New York: Routledge, 2003) pp. 116-128.

"Monetary Dialogue and Dogma in the Bank of Canada: Inside Evidence Revisited" (R. Rowley and B. Spotton Visano) Central Banking in the Modern World: Alternative Perspectives Eds. M. Lavoie and M. Seccareccia (Cheltenham, U.K Edward Elgar, 2004) pp. 91-111.

"Electronic Banking and Transnational Corporate Activity: Conjectural Implications for National Monetary Policy and Future Monetary Arrangements" Financial Asymmetries Eds. B. Batavia, A. Malliaris, N. Lash. (Toronto: APF Press, 2002) pp. 47-59.

"Margaret Myers" Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists Eds. R. Dimand, M.A. Dimand, and E. Forget. (London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2000) pp. 320-322

"Regulation and Deregulation: Financial" Encyclopedia of Political Economy. Ed. P.A. O'Hara (London and New York: Routledge, 1999), vol. 2: 971 - 974.

"Speculative Bubbles and Fundamental Values" (Spotton, B. and P.A. O'Hara) in Ed. P.A. O'Hara Encyclopedia of Political Economy (London and New York: Routledge,1999), vol. 2: 1079-1082 (Invited contribution).

"The Role of Credit in the Mania-Crisis Process" Money, Financial Institutions and Macroeconomics, Eds. A. Cohen, H. Hagemann and J. Smithin (Boston: Kluwer, 1997) pp. 141-153.

Journal Articles

“Gendering Social Location in a Post-Keynesian Theory of Financial Crises” Ed. Jim Stanford, Symposium on Post-Keynesian Economics, in Studies in Political Economy (forthcoming)

Building and Sustaining Community-University Partnerships in Marginalized Urban Areas, Ahmed Allahwala, Susannah Bunce , Lesley Beagrie , Shauna Brail , Timothy Hawthorne , Sue Levesque, Jürgen von Mahs & Brenda Spotton Visano (2013): Journal of Geography, 112:2, 43-57 On line at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00221341.2012.692702

“Evidence of Social Referencing Behaviour during Market Bubbles” (Stephen Chen, Brenda Spotton Visano, Michael Lui, Chaohui Lu) IAENG International Journal of Computer Science, 2010. Volume 37 Issue 4, Pages 359-366 London, U.K On line at http://www.iaeng.org/IJCS/issues_v37/issue_4/index.html

“Whither the Crime in Financial Crises? The Thailand Crisis and the NASDAQ Market Collapse Compared.” International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, 2008(1), 97-110

“A Hybrid Multi-agent Model for Financial Markets” (S. Chen, J. Tien, and B. Spotton Visano) in N.T. Nguyen et al. (Eds.) : New Frontiers in Applied Artificial Intelligence of Lecture Notes in Computer Science IEA/AIE 2008, LNAI 5027, pp. 531–540.

“Different and Unequal: Payday Loans and Microcredit in Canada” Journal of Economic Asymmetries 2008 Vol.5 No.1, 109-123

"Introducing Social Investors into Multi-Agent Models of Financial Markets" (S. Chen,B. Spotton Visano and Y. Kong) Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 2006. 4031: 44-53.

“Financial Manias and Panics: A Socioeconomic Perspective” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 2002 61(4): 801-822. Excerpted and Translated 2003. «Bulles et paniques financières : une perspective socio-economique » in Problèmes Economiques No 2385 Mer 10 (Dec): 7-14

"Efficient Markets, Fundamentals, and Crashes: American Theories of Financial Crises and Market Volatility" (Spotton, B. and R. Rowley)American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 1998, 57(4): 663-690.

"Financial Instability Reconsidered: Orthodox Theories versus Historical Facts." Journal of Economic Issues (Affiliate journal of the Association for Evolutionary Economics)1997, 3(1): 175-195.

"Monetary Dialogue and Dogma in Canada: The Inside View." (Spotton, B. and R. Rowley) Canadian Business Economics (Affiliate journal of Canadian Association of Business Economists) 1996 5(1): 20 - 32.

"Financial Instability: Some Stylized Facts." Canadian Journal of Economics 1996 (29): S202-S206.

"A Note on Rational Speculative Bubbles" (Kompas, T. and B. Spotton) Economics Letters 1989, 30(4): 327-331.

Conference Proceedings

“Quantitative Results for a Qualitative Investor Model – A Hybrid Multi-Agent Model with Social Investors” (Stephen Chen, Brenda Spotton Visano, and Michael Lui) Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2010 Vol I WCE 2010, June 30 - July 2, 2010, London, U.K. (Awarded a Certificate of Merit) On line at http://www.iaeng.org/publication/WCE2010/WCE2010_pp390-394.pdf

Conference Papers

“Assessing Microcredit Program Success for Community Economic Development in Canada” (Brenda Spotton Visano with Neil Britto) Canadian Economics Association, 2014

“Bridging Process and Outcomes: Assessing the Non-financial Performance of Canadian Microcredit Programs” (Neil Britto and Brenda Spotton Visano) Canadian Evaluation Society’s Annual Conference, 2012

"Who Bears the Burden? An Appraisal of the Socio-economic Impact of the Indonesian Crisis" (Spotton Visano, Brenda and Beatriz Cid) Presented to the Canadian Women Economists Network and Canadian Economics Association, Halifax Canada, 2007

"Confronting uncertainty: the fragility of financial institutions in structuring social interaction" (Spotton Visano, Brenda and Gervan Fearon) Session: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Economic Issues; Presented to the Progressive Economics Forum and Canadian Economics Association, Vancouver Canada, 2007.

"The Evolution of Financial Crises: Towards a Structural-Functional Analysis of Systemic Fragility" Presented at "Asymmetries in Trade and Currency Arrangements in the 21rst Century" hosted by and at the Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt Germany and by the Athenian Policy Forum, 2004

"A Research Agenda for the Information Society" (Brenda Spotton Visano and George Sciadas) Presented to the Canadian Economics Association. Ottawa Canada, 2003.

"Financial Instability Revisited: Recent Experience with Innovation and Institutional Change" Presented to the Progressive Economics Forum and the Canadian Economics Association Ottawa, 2003.

"Electronic Finance and Exchange Rate Regimes: Industry Changes and the Question of a Single North American Currency" International Council for Canadian Studies Conference on "Monetary and Financial Integration: Lessons from Europe for the Americas. The Debate over the Common Currency" Ottawa, 2000.

"The Increasing Fragility of Western Financial Capital Markets: The Impact of Information Communications Technologies on the Industry and its Stability." Presented to the Progressive Economics Forum and Canadian Economics Association, Vancouver Canada, 2000.

"Electronic Banking Implications for National Monetary Policy in a Global Financial Context." Presented at the Conference on Asymmetries in Financial Globalization, Loyola University, Chicago, USA, 1999.

Published Reviews Of Your Work

Book Review of Financial Crises..., by Hans G. Despain, Review of Radical Political Economics June 2014, 46: 252-257 On line at http://rrp.sagepub.com/content/46/2.toc

Research Reports

“Is there a Best Fit? Assessing Alternative Entrance Pathways into an Undergraduate Degree for Non-Traditional Students at York University” Andrea Medovarski, Leslie Sanders, Brenda Spotton Visano, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2015, 47 pps. plus Appendixes http://www.heqco.ca/en-ca/Research/ResPub/Pages/Is-there-a-Best-Fit-Assessing-Alternative-Entrance-Pathways-into-an-Undergraduate-Degree-for-Non-Traditional-Students.aspx

“Report of the Working Group on Evening/Weekend Education at York University” full and abridged versions. Carolyn Edgecombe, Leslie Sanders, Brenda Spotton Visano 2009,72pps. Available electronically at the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students website http://www.yorku.ca/acmaps/research.html

"Analysis of Prices and Quantities of Global Cellular and Telephone Data" (X. Zhang and B. Spotton Visano) Submitted to Orbicom (UNESCO and Universite du Quebec a Montreal, 2003) Pp.10

Report of the Special Committee to Examine the Status of Women Economists in Canada. 2001. (Brenda Spotton Visano, Martin Dooley, Nicole Fortin, Nancy Gallini, and Frances Woolley) . Special Committee of the Canadian Women Economists Network and the Canadian Economics Association, Pp.60 Submitted to the Canadian Women Economists Network and the Canadian Economics Association

"Electronic Money and Electronic Financial Transactions" Prepared under contract for and submitted to Statistics Canada, Part of the Telecommunications Statistical Infrastructure and Economic Analysis Program funded by the Telecommunications Policy Branch of Industry Canada, 1998 Pp.30.

Public Lectures

“Resolving Crises: One More Chance to get it Right…by going Left” Crisis and Opportunity: It's Time for a Progressive Economy, Parkland Institute, 2009.

“The Evolution of Financial Crises: Towards a Structural-Functional Analysis of Systemic Fragility” Presented at Asymmetries in Trade and Currency Arrangements in the 21rst Century, Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt Germany and Athenian Policy Forum, 2004

"Toward a Socio-Economic Perspective on Financial Manias and Panics" York University Brownbag Research Seminar Series, 2003.

“Capital, Community and Conscience” Keynote Address, New Social Contracts for Human Security, International Conference on Human Security, Narsuan University, Thailand, 2003

"Issues of Economic Structure" (B. Spotton Visano and Michael McCracken) Presented to the Canadian Labour Congress Researchers Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 1998.

Other

“Evaluating Small Canadian Microcredit Programs – Proposed Indicators for the Social Performance Evaluation of Canadian Microcredit Programs and ACCESS Community Capital Fund” Neil Britto and Brenda Spotton Visano submitted to ACCESS Community Capital Fund, 2012

"Micro-credit Programs: Key Characteristics and Design Considerations" (Varun Dua, Swetha Subbiah, Brenda Spotton Visano) Unpublished Report to the Black Creek Community Capacity Building Project-Microcredit Working Group, 2007.

"Survey on Self-Employment Opportunities and Lending Needs" (Survey Design: Ayuel Ayuel, Christine Davis, Varun Dua, Edric Low, Brenda Spotton Visano, Swetha Subbiah, Gigi Yip) Black Creek West Community Capacity Building Project, 2007.


Teaching:

Approach To Teaching
Planned lecture courses for 2016-2017 are:

Economics: Money and Banking I
F term ECON 3430 3.0A TR 1:00 - 2:30
F term ECON 3430 3.0B M 7:00 - 10:00

Public Policy and Law
W term PPAL 6200 sec M on Wed 7:00 - 10:00(Downtown)
W term PPAL 6200 sec N on Tue 7:00 - 10:00(Keele campus)