Professor of Economics
Program Director Industrial Relations Major
Canada Research Chair in Labor and Personnel Economics
John Rae Prize of the Canadian Economic Association 2016.
IZA Young Labor Economist 2008.
H.G. Lewis Prize Winner 2006-2007.
On the way to recovery? Data up to June 9/2020 on weekly vacancies posted in Canada.
Note of Caution: The data is not representative of the Canadian market as a whole.
Waiting for Recovery: The Canadian Labour Market in June 2020 (CLEF and CIREQ working paper with Stephen Jones, Craig Riddell, and Casey Warman) There are positive signs that suggest that the labour market could rebound quickly in the next few months. Most of those who lost their work in March and April continue to wait to be recalled to their former employment. The increase in employment in May 2020 relative to April 2020 was mostly drawn from this group. And, vacancy numbers are increasing. However, there are some signs that the number of job seekers not temporarily separated from an employer and searching on the regular market are increasing. The long this recession will be depends in part on how large this group will become and how they will fare in the open market.
Labour Demand in the Time of COVID: Evidence from Vacancy Postings and UI Claims (NBER wp 27061 with Lisa Kahn and David Wiczer, R&R JPubEcon) As of mid May 2020, UI claims and especially Vacancy postings show that the Labour Market is deteriorating on a very broad basis. Differences sometimes emphasized with respect to occupations that allow working from home and differences across industries and states pale in comparson to the overall decline.
Rouvrir Quebec (with Raphael Godefroy) -- A proposal for supervised reopening of industries (in French)
Labour Supply in the Time of COVID with Lisa Kahn and David Wiczer -- Labour supply constrains the policy response to the current crisis. This note collects some facts on major factors affect the supply of labour in non-essential and essential industries, particularly in health services.
1. Employer Learning and Information over Individual Careers.
2. Performance Management Systems.
3. Earnings and Skill Inequality.
4. Labor Force Dynamics.