Joseph Marchand, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Economics Dept

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Economics Dept
Email
jmarchan@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-9425
Address
7-29 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Labor Economics Labor Markets Local Labor Markets Energy Boom and Bust Economics of Aging Policy


About

Joseph Marchand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He currently serves as Principal Investigator for a generous grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, examining what the future of energy means for labor markets, which is part of the Future Energy Systems initiative at the University of Alberta. He also recently served as Chair of the Minimum Wage Expert Panel for the Government of Alberta, to assess the impacts of the province’s $15 minimum wage and the elimination of the liquor server differential. He has held visiting positions at the Grantham Institute of the London School of Economics, the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto, and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. 

Prior to joining the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, Joseph received his doctorate in economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (where the social sciences are uniquely embedded within the policy school), a master’s degree in economics from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University, where he graduated as a Henry Rutgers Scholar with dual Honors. Throughout his higher education, Joseph had continuously worked as a Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University, and as a Research Assistant in the School of Social Work at Columbia University and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.

Although the Canadian province of Alberta has been home for more than twelve years, Joseph is very much a product of the northeastern United States, having been born in the state of Massachusetts, and raised, educated, and employed in the states of New Jersey (i.e. Rutgers, Princeton) and New York (i.e. NYU, Columbia, Syracuse). Despite his American upbringing, Joseph is proud of his Canadian ancestry (tracing his family back through Quebec to at least the 1700s), his dual citizenship, and his broadened geographical scope across a greater North America. After all, living the Canadian dream is much like the American one (only slightly colder, a bit more francophone, and most likely denominated in Canadian rather than American dollars). 

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Research

Professor Marchand primarily conducts research within his field of labor economics. Some of this research examines how local labor demand shocks, such as energy booms and busts, can generate labor market responses (such as in employment and earnings), distributional responses (such as in inequality and poverty), educational responses (such as in student test scores and teacher quality), and health outcomes (such as in disability and mortality). This local labor market research has been published in the Canadian Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Surveys, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Urban Economics, and Labour Economics. He has also published research examining the economics of aging in Economics Letters, the Handbook of the Economics of Population Aging, and the Journals of Gerontology

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Teaching

In addition, Professor Marchand is currently writing a textbook on labor economics, which will be the first Canadian edition of Labor Economics: Principles in Practice. This book is the result of previous and current teaching in his field of labor economics, at both the undergraduate (ECON 331 and 431) and graduate (ECON 531) levels. He has additionally taught intermediate microeconomics (ECON 281), continues to conduct a graduate research workshop (ECON 591), and has previously coordinated the graduate research program (ECON 900), while supervising many other independent student research projects. Joseph also continues to serve as the editor of his department’s working paper series and the weekly New Economics Papers reports in the areas of labour economics and labor markets – supply, demand, and wages.

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REPORTS

My Weekly Report on Labor Markets

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My Weekly Report on Labour Economics

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2021

Norwegian Oil Company To Quit Alberta, Focus On Offshore Activities in Atlantic Canada

(appeared in the Financial Post on January 12, 2021)


2020

First to $15: Alberta's Minimum Wage Policy on Employment by Wages, Ages, and Places

(uploaded to the RePEc Network on November 24, 2020)

Alberta to Limit Temporary Foreign Worker Program to Create Jobs for Local Citizens

(appeared in the Globe and Mail on October 26, 2020)

Business as Usual: Learn about the Impact of COVID-19 on Some of Our Local Businesses

(appeared in the University of Alberta Gateway on August 31, 2020)

Loss of Life and Labour Productivity: The Canadian Opioid Crisis

(uploaded to the RePEc Network on August 27, 2020)

In the Age of COVID-19, Can Alberta Transition to a More Sustainable Economy?

(appeared in the Medium on July 22, 2020)

Routine Tasks were Demanded from Workers during an Energy Boom

(uploaded to the RePEc Network on July 9, 2020)

U of A Economists See COVID-19 as Global Problem in Our Backyard

(appeared in the University of Alberta Folio on April 21, 2020)

Companies' 'Bank Lines Will Be Cut': Oilpatch Pummelled as Oil Price Crash Raises Fears of Job Losses

(appeared in the Financial Post on March 9, 2020)

Applying the Scientific Method to Labour Markets

(featured by the University of Alberta Future Energy Systems on January 29, 2020)

How Local Economic Conditions Affect School Finances, Teacher Quality, and Student Achievement: Evidence from the Texas Shale Boom

(published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management on January 1, 2020)

 

2019

Finally, We'll Get an Expert Look at Minimum Wage Policy

(appeared in the Calgary Herald on August 27, 2019)

Economist in the Middle of Alberta's Minimum Wage Fight

(appeared in the Calgary Herald on August 20, 2019)

Alberta Announces Minimum Wage Expert Panel

(appeared on CTV News Calgary with Minister Copping on August 15, 2019)

In with the New: Minimum Wage & Corporate Tax Cuts

(appeared on 630 CHED Radio with Ryan Jespersen on July 16, 2019)

How Local Economic Conditions Affect School Finances, Teacher Quality, and Student Achievement: Evidence from the Texas Shale Boom

(uploaded to the RePEc Network on May 1, 2019)

Decision Alberta: How Can a Government Most Successfully Create More Jobs?

(appeared on 630 CHED Radio with Ryan Jespersen on April 16, 2019)

Setting Aside the Personal Attacks, Here's a Focus on Election Policy

(appeared in the Calgary Herald on April 15, 2019)

Albertans Paying More Than They're Receiving from CPP

(appeared on CTV News Edmonton on April 3, 2019)

Decision Alberta: Job Creation/Loss & Election Promises

(appeared on 630 CHED Radio with Ryan Jespersen on April 3, 2019)

A Reality Check on Alberta's Job Numbers

(published in the Edmonton Journal on April 2, 2019)

Jobs and Pipelines: Notley and Kenney Fight Over Economy as Alberta Set for April Election

(appeared in the Financial Post on March 19, 2019)

It's More Bad News: Report Suggests Some Workers Giving Up Job Search in Calgary

(appeared in the Calgary Herald on January 7, 2019)

 

2018

How a Struggling Oil Industry Affects Women and Their Families

(appeared in CBC News Edmonton on December 29, 2018)

Don't Get Discouraged: Alberta Economist Predicts Job Market Turnaround Could Take Until 2021

(appeared in CBC News Calgary on December 20, 2018)

Is a $15 MinimumWage Worth It? Here's What the Numbers Say

(published in the Globe and Mail on October 16, 2018)

What the Minimum Wage Increase Means for the Economy

(appeared on CBC Radio with Rod Kurtz on September 30, 2018)

A Guide to Alberta's New $15 Minimum Wage and What It Will Mean for the Economy

(appeared in the Star Metro Edmonton on September 30, 2018)

Alberta's Minimum Wage Hike: Highest Rate in Canada

(appeared on CTV News Edmonton on September 28, 2018)

It's a Great Place to Live, But Calgary's Employment Troubles Drag On

(appeared in the Calgary Herald on August 15, 2018)

Minimum Wage, Joseph Marchand, Calgary Today with Angela Kokott

(appeared on Global News Radio 770 CHQR on August 14, 2018)

Local Labor Markets and Natural Resources: A Synthesis of the Literature

(published in the Journal of Economic Surveys on April 1, 2018)

The Local Effects of the Texas Shale Boom on Schools, Students, and Teachers

(updated on the RePEc Network on January 26, 2018)

 

2017

Don't It Make My Brown Jobs Green? What Renewable Energy Means for Jobs and Job Quality

(published in Perspectives on Work on December 13, 2017)

A Voice of Dissent on Alberta's Minimum Wage Frenzy

(appeared in the National Post on September 27, 2017)

Minimum Wage Hike Will Cost 110,000 Jobs in Alberta, Ontario, Economists Say

(appeared in the Globe and Mail on September 27, 2017)

Minimum Wage Hike Could Lead to 25,000 Job Losses: C.D. Howe Report

(appeared in the Edmonton Journal on September 26, 2017)

Thinking about Minimum Wage Increases in Alberta: Theoretically, Empirically, and Regionally

(published as a C.D. Howe Institute Commentary on September 26, 2017)

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

(appeared before the Senate of Canada on April 12, 2017)

Courses

ECON 431 - Labor Economics

Topics include demand for labor, supply of labor, wage differentials, trade union behavior, the minimum wage, education and income distribution, discrimination, mandatory retirement, and non-market work. Prerequisites: ECON 109, ECON 281 and MATH 154 or equivalent.

Winter Term 2021
ECON 531 - Labor Economics I

Factors influencing the supply of, and demand for, labor services and the process of relative wage determination in the long and short run. Determination of money wage levels, aggregate labor-force participation, and the level and structure of aggregate employment and unemployment.

Winter Term 2021
ECON 591 - Graduate Research Workshop I

The course will aid students in identifying and developing a research topic, and develop skills in the writing and presentation of research. Students will be expected to present, write critiques of, and participate in discussions of published articles or working papers.

Winter Term 2021

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Publications

How Local Economic Conditions Affect School Finances, Teacher Quality, and Student Achievement: Evidence from the Texas Shale Boom
Author(s): J. Marchand, J. Weber
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Volume: 39
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 36-63
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/wly/jpamgt/v39y2020i1p36-63.html
A Reality Check on Alberta's Job Numbers
Author(s): J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Edmonton Journal
Volume: April
Issue: 2
External Link: https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-a-reality-check-on-albertas-job-numbers
Is a $15 Minimum Wage Worth It? Here’s What the Numbers Say
Author(s): D. Green, J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Globe and Mail
Volume: October
Issue: 16
External Link: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-is-a-15-minimum-wage-worth-it-heres-what-the-numbers-say/
Local Labor Markets and Natural Resources: A Synthesis of the Literature
Author(s): J. Marchand, J. Weber
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Journal of Economic Surveys
Volume: 32
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 469-490
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/bla/jecsur/v32y2018i2p469-490.html
Don’t It Make My Brown Jobs Green? What Renewable Energy Means for Jobs and Job Quality
Author(s): J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Perspectives on Work
Volume: 21
Page Numbers: 24-29
External Link: http://www.lerachapters.org/OJS/ojs-2.4.4-1/index.php/LERAMR/article/view/3145
Thinking about Minimum Wage Increases in Alberta: Theoretically, Empirically, and Regionally
Author(s): J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: C.D. Howe Institute Commentary
Volume: 491
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/cdh/commen/491.html
The Distributional Impacts of an Energy Boom in Western Canada
Author(s): J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Income Inequality: The Canadian Story
Page Numbers: 239-247
External Link: http://irpp.org/research/income-inequality-the-canadian-story/
Alberta’s Minimum Wage Should Move with Increases in Labour Demand (i.e. Energy Prices)
Author(s): J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: C.D. Howe Institute Intelligence Memo
External Link: https://www.cdhowe.org/intelligence-memos/joseph-marchand-alberta%25E2%2580%2599s-minimum-wage-should-move-increases-labour-demand-ie
Poverty and Aging
Author(s): J. Marchand, T. Smeeding
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Handbook of the Economics of Population Aging
Volume: 1B
Page Numbers: 905-950
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/h/eee/hapoch/v1_905.html
The Distributional Impacts of an Energy Boom in Western Canada
Author(s): J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Canadian Journal of Economics
Volume: 48
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 714-735
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/cje/issued/v48y2015i2p714-735.html
Economic Windfall from Western Energy Boom May Have the Power to ‘Lift All Boats’, But Not Evenly
Author(s): J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Labour Market Matters
Volume: 6
Issue: 7
External Link: http://www.clsrn.econ.ubc.ca/labourmarketmatters.php
Does the Retirement Consumption Puzzle Differ Across the Distribution?
Author(s): J. Fisher, J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Journal of Economic Inequality
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 279-296
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/kap/jecinq/v12y2014i2p279-296.html
Retirement and Financial Security: Two Economists Think Out Loud
Author(s): J. Marchand, T. Smeeding
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues
Volume: 4
Page Numbers: 173-197
External Link: http://www.amazon.com/Gerontology-4th-Edition-Perspectives-Issues/dp/0826109659/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338408424&sr=1-2
Albertan Labour in the Previous Energy Boom
Author(s): J. Marchand, T. Song
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: An Examination of Alberta Labour Markets
Page Numbers: 10-24
External Link: https://era.library.ualberta.ca/files/zk51vk335/IPE%2520Alberta%2520Labour%2520Shortages%25202013-07-17.pdf
The Supply and Demand Factors Behind the Relative Earnings Increases in Urban China at the Turn of the 21st Century
Author(s): H. Gao, J. Marchand, T. Song
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Comparative Economic Studies
Volume: 55
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 121-143
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/pal/compes/v55y2013i1p121-143.html
The U.S. Gender Gap Through the Great Recession Using an Alternative Approach to Cyclicality
Author(s): J. Marchand, S. Olfert
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Applied Economics Letters
Volume: 20
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 276-281
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/taf/apeclt/v20y2013i3p276-281.html
New Casinos and Local Labor Markets: Evidence from Canada
Author(s): B. Humphreys, J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Labour Economics
Volume: 24
Page Numbers: 151-160
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/eee/labeco/v24y2013icp151-160.html
Local Labor Market Impacts of Energy Boom-Bust-Boom in Western Canada
Author(s): J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Journal of Urban Economics
Volume: 71
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 165-174
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/eee/juecon/v71y2012i1p165-174.html
Identifying the Poorest Older Americans
Author(s): J. Fisher, D. Johnson, J. Marchand, T. Smeeding, B. Torrey
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Journals of Gerontology
Volume: 64B
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 758-766
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/geronb/v64by2009i6p758-766.html
The Retirement Consumption Conundrum: Evidence from a Consumption Survey
Author(s): J. Fisher, D. Johnson, J. Marchand, T. Smeeding, B. Torrey
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Economics Letters
Volume: 99
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 482-485
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/eee/ecolet/v99y2008i3p482-485.html
Ranking Inequality: Applications of Multivariate Subset Selection
Author(s): W. Horrace, J. Marchand, T. Smeeding
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Journal of Economic Inequality
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 5-32
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/kap/jecinq/v6y2008i1p5-32.html
No Place like Home: Older Adults and Their Housing
Author(s): J. Fisher, D. Johnson, J. Marchand, T. Smeeding, B. Torrey
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Journals of Gerontology
Volume: 62B
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 120-128
External Link: https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/geronb/v62y2007i2ps120-s128.html
Inequality and Civic Engagement
Author(s): J. Marchand, S. Mettler, T. Smeeding, J. Stonecash
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Maxwell Poll on Civic Engagement and Inequality
Page Numbers: 4-17
External Link: https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/campbell/programs/The_Maxwell_Poll/
Family Time and Public Policy in the United States
Author(s): T. Smeeding, J. Marchand
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Family Time: The Social Organization of Care
Page Numbers: 25-47
External Link: http://www.amazon.com/Family-Time-Organization-Routledge-Economics/dp/0415310105/ref=mt_paperback?_encoding=UTF8&me=