University of British Columbia, Canada, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor Emeritus of Economics, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada
Labor economics, labor relations, public policy, education, skills formation, immigration, unemployment, unemployment insurance, and inequality
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Panel Member, Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards, Government of Canada, 2019; Panel Member, Expert Panel on Older Workers, Government of Canada (2007–2008); Member, Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Labour and Income Statistics (1985–2012); Research Coordinator for Labour Markets and Labour Relations, Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada, (1983–1985)
Royal Bank Faculty Research Professor, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia (1986–2016); Academic Director, Canadian Labour Market and Skill Research Network (CLSRN) (2007–2015); Head, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia (1991–1995)
PhD Economics, Queen’s University at Kingston, 1977
"Welfare versus work under a negative income tax: Evidence from the Gary, Seattle, Denver and Manitoba income maintenance experiments.” Journal of Labor Economics (Forthcoming) (with C. Riddell).
“Interpreting experimental evidence in the presence of post-randomization events: A re-assessment of the self sufficiency project.” Journal of Labor Economics (2020) 873–914 (with C. Riddell).
Income Inequality: The Canadian Story. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2016 (edited with D. A. Green and F. St-Hilaire).
“The measurement of unemployment: An empirical approach." Econometrica 67 (1999): 147–161 (with S. R. G. Jones).
"The empirical foundations of the Phillips Curve: Evidence from Canadian wage contract data." Econometrica 47 (1979): 1–24.
Covid-19 ended 20 years of stability and good labor market performance, aided in part by a strong resource boomW. Craig Riddell, November 2022From 2000 to 2019, Canada's economy and labor market performed well. Important in this success was a strong resource boom from the late 1990s to 2014. After the boom the economy and labor market adjusted relatively smoothly, with labor and other resources exiting resource-rich regions and moving elsewhere. Strong growth in major export markets (Asia and the US) aided the adjustment. The Covid-19 downturn resulted in an unprecedented decline in employment, and a steep rise in unemployment and non-participation. Despite the severity of the Covid-19 shock, by December 2021 most key measures of labor market activity had returned to pre-pandemic levels.MoreLess