W. Craig Riddell

University of British Columbia, Canada, and IZA, Germany

I'm pleased to be a part of this project on labor market developments in various countries since 2000. I hope that policymakers and academics alike will find World of Labor a useful way to quickly learn the current state of knowledge about a wide range of issues affecting labor markets around the world

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor Emeritus of Economics, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada

Research interest

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 Older Workers, Government of Canada (2007–2008); Member, Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Labour and Income Statistics, since 1985; Member, External Research Advisory Committee to Human Resources and Social Development Canada (2005–2007)

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • Income Inequality: The Canadian Story. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2016 (edited with D. A. Green and F. St-Hilaire).

  • “The pitfalls of work requirements in welfare-to-work policies: Experimental evidence on human capital accumulation in the self-sufficiency project.” Journal of Public Economics 117 (2014): 39–49.

  • “The measurement of unemployment: An empirical approach." Econometrica 67 (1999): 147–161 (with S. R. G. Jones).

  • "A comparative analysis of unemployment in Canada and the United States." In: Card, D., and R. Freeman (eds). Small Differences That Matter: Labor Markets and Income Maintenance in Canada and the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press and National Bureau of Economic Research, 1993; pp. 149–190 (with D. Card).

  • "The empirical foundations of the Phillips Curve: Evidence from Canadian wage contract data." Econometrica 47 (1979): 1–24.