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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Thomas A. Wilson fonds
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Thomas A. Wilson fonds

  • UTA 1963
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2007

Fonds consists of records documenting the academic and professional career of Prof. Wilson from his early research, teaching and publication activities at Harvard University through his more than forty years at the University of Toronto. Series 1 to 3 contain correspondence and professional files documenting his activities at Harvard University and the University of Toronto. Series 3 provides documentation on the operation of the Institute for Policy Analysis for much of the past thirty years and the segregation of the Department of Political Economy in 1982. Details relating to the development of courses and programmes of study in the developing fields of social and economic policy will be found in the correspondence and other documents.

Series 4 consists of records relating to Prof. Wilson’s own undergraduate education
at the University of British Columbia and graduate education at Harvard University.

The majority of the records in the first accession (B2001-0038) concern the research and writing of various studies, working papers and policy papers undertaken by Prof. Wilson as a member of the Institute for Policy Analysis. A major study on the Appliance industry commissioned by the federal Department of Industry in 1968 was one of the first undertaken by the new Institute. The records for this study found in Series 9 consist of correspondence, data, research files and transcripts of interviews with major manufacturing companies in Canada. Records relating to other studies, such as those conducted for the Anti-Inflation Board, will be found in Series 8.

Series 8 documents Prof. Wilson’s teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate and graduate level. One of his major achievements concerned the development of courses and programmes in Industrial Organization developed for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Series 10 documents the consulting work of Prof. Wilson, primarily under the umbrella of Wilson Research Economics, for various corporations and government agencies.

Wilson, Thomas Arthur

University of Toronto

This series contains mainly files documenting Prof. Wilson’s activities as teacher, administrator and consultant in the Department of Political Economy, the Institute for the Quantitative Analysis of Social and Economic Policy, later known as the Institute for Policy Analysis. These files contain correspondence, notes, minutes of meetings, reports, etc. In particular are files relating to Econometric Forecasting Programme (1973-1976), Industrial Organization program (1970-1978), and the Policy and Economic Analysis Programme (PEAP) (1978-1983).

In addition are files relating to his activities on University committees such as Presidential Advisory Committee on Disciplinary Procedures (1969-70), and Special Committee on Frozen Policies (1988-1989).

Education

This series documents Wilson’s undergraduate education at the University of British Columbia and graduate education at Harvard University. The files in this series consist of course notes, notes on readings, term papers, and examination booklets for courses in economics.

Published and unpublished works

Series includes manuscripts for numerous articles, working papers published internally by the University of Toronto’s Institute for Policy Analysis, speeches and conference papers produced during his career at the University of Toronto and Harvard. The manuscript for the book Advertising and Market Power, written with W. S. Comanor (Harvard University Press, 1974) is included in this series. Also included are drafts of Fiscal Policy in Canada, co-authored with D. Peter Dungan.

Studies and working papers

With the establishment of the Institute for Policy Analysis (IPA), Prof. Wilson conducted studies for federal government agencies in such areas as wage and price controls, savings and investments. Many of these studies were published as Working Papers by the Institute and others were published separately by Wilson and his co-authors where applicable. Among the studies in this series are “Wage and Price Behaviour in Canadian Manufacturing: an econometric analysis” for the Anti-Inflation Board (1976-1978) with Frank Reid. This was published by the Institute for Policy Analysis in 1978 and as a separate monograph by the Anti-inflation Board in 1979. Other files relate to the Prices and Income Commission (1970), “Implications of the Carter corporate Reforms for Corporate Savings Behaviour” (IPA Working paper 6803), and “Policy options for high employment without inflation” (with G.V. Jump) (IPA Policy paper no. 9, 1971). These files contain correspondence, notes, manuscripts, data, etc. In addition, series contains notes and data relating to Wilson’s work on diversification in the late 1970s and again in the early 1990s.

Consulting files

In 1977, Prof. Wilson founded his own private consulting company, Wilson Economic Research Inc., which provides expert consulting and advice to government and business. Records in this series relate to Prof. Wilson’s work for government agencies, corporations and law firms to provide advice, evidence and testimony on various subjects, including advertising, competition law, tax policy, macroeconomic effects, and the telecommunications industry. Records include correspondence and memos, reports and drafts, transcripts, evidence, decisions, notes, and some background material and data. Records are organized alphabetically according to project/case, as outlined below. Within each project/case, files are arranged either alphabetically, or logically, beginning with final reports and other products and ending with research data and more various records.

B2001-0038

CP Telecommunications (1973-1974): Records concern the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) commercial deletion and substitution policy

CNCP (1977-1978): Records concern the CNCP Telecommunications/Bell Interconnection case.

B2012-0009

Auditor General (1994-1995): Records relating to a review of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency by the Auditor General.

CD Howe Project (1970s and 1980s): Records relating to work for C.D. Howe on employment, employment cost resources, unemployment, productivity, and the interdependence of wages and prices in Canada and the U.S.

CNCP (predominantly 1984-1985): Records relating to Wilson’s evidence on telecommunications regulation and competition for CNCP Telecommunications.

CRTC Forbearance (AT&T and Stentor) (1996): records relating to a forbearance application for the Stentor Owner companies’ interexchange private line service.

Discount rate case (1997-1998): Brief records relating to the Subcommittee of the Civil Rules Committee on the Discount Rate and Other Matters, in the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Hydro case (1985-1986, 1990-1991): In 1985-1986 Wilson provided advice on the financial impact of Ontario Hydro’s plans for Southwestern Ontario, as submitted for environmental assessment. In 1990-1991, Wilson provided advice on the impact of the current federal sales tax system on Ontario Hydro’s input costs

Industry Canada (1996): Records relating to work for Industry Canada on the market value of cellular telephony, personal communications services (PCS) and enhanced specialized mobile radio licenses (ESMR).

McKenzie Gas project (2007): Brief files on the government revenue effects of the McKenzie Gas Project.

Metro Case (1993-1995): Wilson’s support of Metro Toronto’s application to the CRTC to review recent and proposed increases in Local Channel Rates by Bell Canada.

Molson-Labatt case (1991-1992): Records relating to an agreement between Molson and Labatt on setting an advertising and promotional expenditures limit agreement

NutraSweet case (1989-1990): Records relating to Wilson’s retention by the Director of Investigation and Research to advise on a case before the Competition Tribunal on the aspartame market and matters between the Holland Sweetener Company and Tosoh Canada Limited. Wilson prepared reports and evidence on competition in the artificial sweetener market.

Power DirecTV (1994-1995): Advice provided on the economic effects of the introduction of Direct to Home satellite-based video in Canada.

Retail council (2002-2003): Report prepared for the Retail Council of Canada, relating to reducing Federal EI payroll taxes.

Samson Cree case (2000-2005): Records relating to Wilson’s advice to the Samson Cree of Alberta, relating to their opposition to the Canadian government’s handling of their trust moneys from oil revenues, and possible breach of Treaty No. 6 (Chief Victor Buffalo et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen et al.)

Telesat (1992-1994): Records relate to Wilson’s advice regarding Telesat’s application for Earth segment forbearance, as well as matters regarding competition, pricing and rates. Some records also relate to other companies represented elsewhere in this series, including Unitel.

Unitel case (1990-1996): Various work relating to competition in telecommunications, including competition in long distance services and price positioning.

Xerox (1990): Small set of records relating to the Department of Justice and Xerox Canada Inc.

Yellow Pages case (1994-1995): Records relating to Wilson’s opinions regarding matters before the Competition Tribunal, relating to Tele-Direct Services (publishers of the Yellow Pages and owned by Bell) and their ownership of subscriber information, their sale of advertising, and other matters.

Teaching and research

This series documents his teaching activities at Harvard and the University of Toronto, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses include, among others, economics, industrial organization and public policy, and macro-economic theory. Files contain lecture notes, correspondence, exam questions, course outlines, assignments, term paper lists, etc. Arranged in numerical order by course number.

During his career, Prof. Wilson conducted research for various government agencies at the federal, provincial and municipal levels in Canada and the United States. In addition to materials in Series 7 and 8 below, this series contains manuscripts, correspondence, and notes relating to research for the Canadian Department of Finance, the Royal Commission on Taxation, and the Chamber of Commerce among others. Also included are studies of the 1992 federal and provincial budgets, the recession, Ontario tax strategy and the role of government, as well as work done for the Blenkarn brief. Some of this research resulted in publications at a later date (see Series 5 above).

Studies: The Canadian Appliance Industry

This study was undertaken for the federal Department of Industry during the late 1960s by the Institute for the Quantitative Analysis of Social and Economic Policy (later the Institute for Policy Analysis). It was a collaborative effort by a number of investigators and the final report was prepared by Prof. Wilson, Prof. G.D. Quirin and R. A. Sultan. This series contains correspondence, research notes and data, transcripts of interviews with companies, manuscripts of the final report, and annotated copy of the final two volume report. The final report was submitted to the Department of Industry in 1970, but was not published as a separate monograph.

Letters of reference

This series contains correspondence, resumes, manuscripts and notes relating to former students, and colleagues for whom references were required for employment, grants and admission to academic programmes.

Subject and conference files

The files in this series contain correspondence, notes, and manuscripts relating to his activities as author, teacher, and consultant to government agencies and participant in academic conferences relating to economic policy analysis and telecommunications. Included in this series are records relating to his activities with the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc. (1965-1977) including his period as the University of Toronto’s representative on the Board of Directors.

Professional correspondence

This series contains correspondence with colleagues at the University of Toronto, Harvard University and other organizations relating to academic appointments and professional, teaching, publishing and research activities. Also includes curriculum vitae, correspondence relating to his appointment to the University of Toronto and academic performance.

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