I am a professor of economics at Wilfrid Laurier University where I taught full-time from 2001 to 2011. I earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Toronto in 1978, a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1979 and my PhD in Economics from McMaster University in 2001.
I taught economics from 1980 to 2000, both full-time and part-time, in a variety of settings. I began my teaching career as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. I taught Ec10 at Harvard for three years. Ec10 is the initial course in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. Then I taught full-time at Carleton University and part-time at the University of Guelph and Laurier. Beyond introductory economics, I taught statistics, intermediate microeconomics and labour economics at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
I am interested in labour markets and labour market institutions. My research papers are primarily empirical investigations of public policy concerning unions in Canada, the U.S. and some Latin American countries. I have also conducted empirical work that examines the contribution of wages and hours to the earnings distributions in Canada and the U.S. The Canadian Industrial Relations Data (CIRD) set was compiled under my direction. My current research agenda relates to public sector unionization.
Graduate Student Supervision—Master of International Public Policy