The Little Bureau of Franco Cheng



Hello, my name's Franco.


I am a driven self-starter full of energy and new ideas. Having recently obtained my MA Economics degree from the University of Toronto, I am seeking full-time employment in economic research and business services & consulting. The list below summarizes my key strengths and capabilities:


  • Qualitative & Quantitative Research
  • Statistical Analysis

  • Communications
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Inter-personal Skills

  • Writing
  • Public Presentation
  • Data Visualizing
  • Project Management


Browse my selected work and curriculum vitae (pdf), and feel free to get in touch with me.




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The Little Bureau of Franco Cheng




Part I: Economic Research and Reports





Have Interest Rates Come Down Yet?

The Effects of Quantitative Easing in the U.S.: a VECM Approach


I coauthored this research paper with my classmate Pengfei Li for my M.A. econometrics class. Using data from the Federal Reserve and the Vector Error Correction Model, we examine the general and interest-rate effects of the Fed's five-year long bond-purchasing scheme under the Quantitative Easing program.


  • Macroeconomic Research
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Report Writing


 read summary  ||   download paper 






National Population Projections

A survey of Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom


Coauthored with Fairooz Reaz, this report surveys four national population projections for Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The goal is to dissect the projections into their key components, identify the ways in which assumptions about these components are made, and analyze the effects of the assumptions in the projections. The pros and cons of the assumptions and areas of improvement are discussed for future population projections.


  • Demographic Projection
  • Literature Survey
  • Information Graphics


 download paper 







Focus on Mortgage Rate Hike

A Macroeconomic Impact Analysis Using FOCUS


Using the macro-econometric model FOCUS, developed and maintained by the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, I analyze the channel through which a mortgage rate shock impacts the Canadian economy.


  • Economic Forecasting
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Report Writing


 download paper 






End-Use Electricity Consumption and Energy Saving

Breaking It Down to Kilo-Watt Hours with Conditional Demand Analysis


Using the Conditional Demand Analysis technique with micro-data from the U.S. EIA, I build an econometric model that breaks down annual household electricy consumption in the U.S. by end use. I subsequently presented this paper for my Energy & Regulation class.


  • Econometric Modeling
  • Cross-Sectional Data
  • Presentation


  view slides   ||   download paper 






The Ontario Wait Time Strategy (working paper)

How Much Is Reduced? A SARIMA Model Approach


This paper follows Paterson et al.’s (2007) studies on the Ontario Wait Time Strategy (WTS) and uses reconstructed seasonal auto-regressive integrated moving-average (SARIMA) models to evaluate the Strategy’s effects on reducing backlogs of both targeted and non-targeted procedures.


  • SARIMA Modeling
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Healthcare Reserach


 download paper 






Part II: IT & Design Projects



Re:Stitching Video



Video documentation of the round-table discussion on STITCHES


Working with two photo-journalists, Chantelle Rodrigo and Daniel Campo, and artistic director Larry Richards, I produced the 20-minute video that highlights a round-table discussion among artist/participants of the exhibition STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward.


  • Scripting
  • Video Editing
  • Collaboration


 watch video





STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward


STITCHES is the first major exhibition I helped bring to life while working as manager and design assistant at WORKshop Inc. I was closely involved in every aspect of the exhibition: from conceptual development, exhibition design, installation, and promotion to takedown.


  • Project Management
  • Exhibition Design
  • Events
  • Communications


  view slides   ||     visit website 




Credit Institute


Credit Institute of Canada

Website, Social Media, E-mail Marketing, Print Design


I revamped the national website and 10 chapter websites, redesigned various print and digital publishing templates, upgraded the e-mail marketing system to an analytics-enabled system, and scheduled year-round e-mail campaigns. Currently I am working part-time as the social media coordinator focusing primarily on the official LinkedIn groups.


  • Web Development
  • Graphic Design
  • E-mail Marketing
  • Social Media


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Wireless Source Logo Ordering System


Wireless Source is a Canada-wide B2B distributor of commercial radio products. The old way of doing business via price books and faxing in orders faced imminent obsolescence as a younger generation of dealers seek to complete all transactions online. Working with the main account manager, I digitized the ordering process bespoke-style: managing dealer info, categorizing products, generating quotes and orders, and purchasing directly online.


  • Process Design
  • Database Programming
  • Web Development


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The Little Bureau of Franco Cheng



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Or find me here:



   C.V. (pdf)

   At a neighbourhood café in Toronto


I am available for:


   Full-Time Employment

   Independent Projects

   Volunteer Opportunities