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Mar 31

Employment Insurance: Wish List for Reform

Ottawa ON, Quebec Suite, 1st Floor, Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street

Roundtable Luncheon with David Gray and Frances Woolley

We are happy to extend complimentary registration to C.D. Howe Institute members to this roundtable discussion in Ottawa. 

To register please contact Christina Chew.

David Gray, Professor, University of Ottawa

David Gray was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.  He received his BA at Kalamazoo College in the state of Michigan, and received his Phd in economics at the University of Michigan in 1990.  He has also studied at French universities.  He joined the economics department at the University of Ottawa in 1990.  His research interests are in the areas of labour market policy – particularly unemployment insurance and programs for displaced workers such as work-sharing and retaining – and earnings mobility and inequality. He has worked on many research projects for Employment and Social Development Canada over the past 20 years, and was affiliated with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation.    

His teaching activities include the standard introductory courses, probability and statistics, introduction to econometrics, and labour economics.  He is the author of the study guide for the dominant undergraduate labour economics textbook in Canada.  Since his appointment at the University of Ottawa, he has taught mostly at the undergraduate level.  Although he is qualified to teach courses in French, and does so on occasion, he usually teaches in English to large classes comprised primarily of 18-year old students.  In 2010 he was nominated (along with 8 others) as a finalist for TVOntario’s Best Lecturer Competition – the first economics professor to obtain that status.  He was subsequently selected as the winner of the best teacher award at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. 

Frances Woolley, Professor of Economics, Carleton University

Frances Woolley is a professor of economics at Carleton University where she has taught since 1990. Her research centres on families and public policy. Her most-cited work is on modelling family-decision making, measuring inequality within the household, feminist economics, and tax-benefit policy towards families. Recently, Professor Woolley has devoted more time to her blog, Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, and to writing for the Globe and Mail.

Professor Woolley teaches undergraduate public finance and Carleton’s fourth year microeconomics research seminar.

Professor Woolley has served as Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Economics Association, business editor of Canadian Public Policy, co-editor of Review of Economics of the Household, and on the editorial boards of Feminist Economics and the Journal of Socio-Economics. From July 1, 2013, Professor Woolley will be Associate Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University.

Professor Woolley holds a BA from Simon Fraser University, an MA from Queen’s, and completed her doctorate at the London School of Economics, under the supervision of Tony Atkinson.


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