I am a labor economist in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta. My research guides public policy by estimating the effects of interventions in labor markets. I have devoted particular attention to policies that might increase female labor force participation and reduce gender wage gaps, but have a general interest in any policy that improves labor market outcomes for any disadvantaged group. I also study the effect of labor market institutions on economic efficiency, especially in China. A third research stream investigates the economic assimilation of immigrants in the U.S. and in Canada.
Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Policy Evaluation, Economics of Migration
An elementary treatment of the major topics in econometrics with emphasis on applied regression methods. Prerequisites: ECON 109, ECON 281, 282 and 299 or equivalent, and MATH 156 or equivalent. Note: Not open to students with credit in AREC 313.Fall Term 2020
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.Fall Term 2020
The role of economic theory in the process of specification and estimation of models. Interpretation and critical evaluation of applied work by means of selected topics in economics and econometrics. Prerequisite: ECON 598 or equivalent.Winter Term 2021