Paul Maxim joined Laurier in 2006 as Associate Vice-President: Research. After completing his term in 2011, he joined the Laurier School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics. Maxim is cross-appointed between the Department of Economics and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where he is currently Director of the Master in International Public Policy program.
Before coming to Laurier, he was Associate Dean of Research and Operations in the Faculty of Social Science and Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario where he taught from 1981 to 2006.
Professor Maxim attended the University of Toronto where he obtained an Honours BA. Following that, he received an MA in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting scholar in the Criminology Institute at Cambridge University and in the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen, where he was awarded a residential scholar award by the National Bank of Denmark.
Maxim has numerous publications in the areas of population economics, social statistics and research methods and criminology. His most recent research focuses on the socio-economic integration of immigrants into Canadian society and on the formal labour force experiences of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. He is also studying issues relating to educational attainment and human capital development among China’s minority peoples.
Maxim is willing to supervise students interested in pursuing projects in population economics, labour force participation and human capital development.
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