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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.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
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.
Awards and Achievements
Merit Awards, Wilfrid Laurier University, November 2005, November 2003, November 2002.
Vanderkamp Prize for the best paper published in Canadian Public Policy in 2002 for: Canadian Union Density 1980-1998 and Prospects for the Future: An Empirical Investigation. September 2002, pages 333-351.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant, 2003-2006. Unfair Labour Practices in Canada (Principal Investigator).
McConnell Award (second prize) for Excellence in Public Communication of Research, 1999.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, 1997-99.
Gold Medal for Highest Standing in Economics and Political Science at Victoria College, University of Toronto, 1978.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
Graduate Student Supervision—Master of International Public Policy
Chan, Yvonne (2010), “How is female income inequality affected by unemployment in Canada?”
Meinen, Greg “Impact of Decriminalization on Health Outcomes of Injectable Drug Users” (2009).
Kirk, Matt (2006), “Narrowing of the Gender Wage Gap in Canada: A Cohort- based Analysis.”
McLeod, Ian (2006), “The Incentive to Reduce Poverty: A Look at Ontario and the National Child Benefit Supplement.”
Duffy, Paul (2005), “The Effects of Anti-Temporary Replacement Worker Legislation on Work Stoppage Length and Incidence.”
Newson, Chris (2005), “The Changing Return to Unionization and Unionization Rates across Gender: Effects on the Male-Female Wage Gap.”
“First Contract Arbitration: Effects on Bargaining and Work Stoppages.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Vol. 63, No.4, July 2010.
“Comments on “An Empirical Assessment of the Employee Free Choice Act: The Economic Implications.” By Ann Layne-Farrar.” Just Labour. Vol. 15 November 2009. http://www.justlabour.yorku.ca/index.php?page=toc&volume=15 (Invited submission to this Special Edition devoted to the Canadian response to the Employee Free Choice Act.)
“The Impact of Anti-Temporary Replacement Worker Legislation on Work Stoppages: Evidence from Canada,” Canadian Public Policy. March 2009 pages 99-120. With Paul Duffy.
An Empirical Examination of Union Density in Six Countries: Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, the United States and Venezuela.” In What Difference Do Unions Make? Edited by Peter Kuhn and Gustavo Marquez. Washington D.C. Inter-American Development Bank. 2005: 13-32.
“Increasing Male Earnings Inequality in Canada and the United States, 1981-1997: The Role of Hours Changes versus Wage Changes.” Canadian Public Policy, June 2004, pages 155-175. With Peter Kuhn.
“The impact of mandatory votes on the Canada-U.S. union density gap: A note.” Industrial Relations, April 2004, pages 356 -363.
“Canadian Union Density 1980-1998 and Prospects for the Future: An Empirical Investigation.” Canadian Public Policy September 2002, pages 333-351.
“Card Check or Mandatory Vote? How the type of recognition procedure affects union certification success.” Economic Journal April 2002, pages 344-362.
“More evidence on the effect of higher unemployment on the Canadian size distribution of income.” Canadian Public Policy. December 1995, pages 423-428.