Feng Hou

Statistics Canada, Canada

IZA World of Labor is a great avenue to effectively synthesize and disseminate research findings

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Principal Researcher, Statistics Canada

Research interest

Immigration, racial minorities, urban residential patterns, applied quantitative methods

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Principal Researcher, Statistics Canada

Past positions

Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria, Canada; Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, Canada


PhD Sociology, University of Western Ontario, 1997

Selected publications

  • "Cross-country variation in interracial marriage: A USA-Canada comparison of metropolitan areas." Ethnic and Racial Studies 38:9 (2015): 1591–1609 (with Z. Wu, M. Schimmele, and J. Myles).

  • "Selections before the selection: The earnings advantage of host-country work experience before permanent residence.” International Migration Review 52:3 (2018): 695–723 (with A. Bonikowska).

  • "Life satisfaction among immigrants to Canada: Are immigrants more satisfied with their life than their source-country counterparts?" Journal of Happiness Studies (2015) (with K. Frank and G. Schellenberg).

  • "International students, immigration and earnings growth: The effect of a pre-immigration host-country university education.” IZA Journal of Development and Migration 7:5 (2017): 1–24 (with Y. Lu).

  • “Changing immigrant characteristics and pre-landing Canadian earnings: Their effect on entry earnings over the 1990s and 2000s.” Canadian Public Policy 42:3 (2016): 308–232 (with G. Picot)