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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
March 27, 2015

Canadian Excellence
T. Schirle

Dr. Tammy Schirle

Associate Professor (Economics) & Director, Laurier Centre for Economic Research & Policy Analysis (LCERPA)

Contact Information
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.3849
Fax: 519.888.1015
Office Location: P3056
Office Hours: Winter 2015: By appointment only
Personal Website:
Academic Background
BA (University of Manitoba), MA (Dalhousie University), PhD (University of British Columbia)

Tammy Schirle is an Associate Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 2006. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A.(Hons) in Economics in 1999 and completed her M.A. in Economics at Dalhousie University (Halifax) in 2000. She is currently Director of the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis and a member of the C.D. Howe Pension Policy Council. Her research interests include the economics of the elderly, income inequality, social policy, and the economics of gender. She has published articles in several academic journals, including the Journal of Labor Economics,Canadian Public Policy, Social Science and Medicine, and the Review of Income and Wealth.

Additional Information


Labour economics, public economics, economics of aging, economics of gender, applied econometrics


Schirle, T. Forthcoming. "The effect of universal child benefits on labour supply." Canadian Journal of Economics.

Schirle, T. 2013. "Senior poverty in Canada: a decomposition analysis." Canadian Public Policy (December 2013).

Ariizumi, H., Y. Hu and T. Schirle. 2013. "Stand together or alone? Family structure and the business cycle in Canada." Review of Economics of the Household.

Ariizumi, H. , and T. Schirle. 2012. "Are recessions really good for your health? Evidence from Canada." Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 74, pp. 1224-1231.

Laurin, A., K. Milligan, and T. Schirle. 2012. "Comparing nest eggs: how CPP reform affects retirement choices." C.D. Howe Institute Commentary No. 352, May 2012.

Schirle, T. 2012. "Wage Losses of Displaced Older Men: Does Selective Retirement Bias Results?" Canadian Public Policy, vol. 38(1), 1-13.

Lu, Y., R. Morissette and T. Schirle. 2011. "The Growth in Family Earnings Inequality in Canada: 1980-2005." The Review of Income and Wealth. Vol. 57, issue 1, pp. 23-29.

Schirle, T. 2010. "Health, Pensions, and the Retirement Decision: Evidence from Canada." Canadian Journal on Aging, vol. 29(4).

Schirle, T. 2008. "Why have the labor force participation rates of older men increased since the mid-1990s?" Journal of Labor Economics, vol. 26(4), pp. 549-594.

Milligan, K. and T. Schirle. 2008. "Improving the Labour Market Incentives in Canada's Public Pension System." Canadian Public Policy, vol. 34,(3), pp. 281-304.

Schirle, T. 2008. "Greener Pastures: Understanding the impact of retirement incentives in defined-benefit pension plans." C.D. Howe Institute Commentary No. 262, May 2008.