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William Scarth
Professor Emeritus, Economics, McMaster University

PhD (Economics), University of Toronto (Canada Council Scholarship)

MA (Economics), University of Essex (Commonwealth Scholarship)

BA (Honours Economics), Queen's University (Gold Medal)



Bill Scarth is Professor Emeritus, Economics, at McMaster University. While teaching there he received both the President's Award for Excellence in Instruction and several McMaster Students Union Teaching Awards including the MSU’s highest honour - their Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching. In addition to publishing many articles in academic journals (in the areas of macroeconomics, labour economics, international trade and public finance), Bill has authored four textbooks, and he has been a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute for over 20 years.

Some of his recent work concerns how globalization affects the ability of governments to provide support for those living on low incomes, and to deal with the tensions between young and old that have emerged with increased concern about the environment and our aging population. Publications in 2019-20 include articles on health and economic growth, income inequality, a Canada-US comparison offering reasons for the different economic policy choices that were made, and the sixth edition of his intermediate-level macroeconomics text.