Top incomes in Canada: evidence from the censusExport this event to calendar

Monday, December 8, 2014 — 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Thomas LemieuxThe South Western Ontario Research Data Centre (SWORDC) and the Department of Economics present Dr. Thomas Lemieux, Professor and Director, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia.

This talk looks at the evolution of incomes at the top of the distribution in Canada. Master files of the Canadian Census are used to study the composition of top income earners between 1981 and 2006. The main finding is that, as in the United States, executives and individuals working in the financial and business services sectors are the two most important groups driving the growth in top incomes in Canada. A finding more specific to Canada is that the oil and gas sector has also played an important role in income growth at the top, especially in more recent years. Another arguably Canadian-specific finding is that holders of medical degrees have lost ground compared to other top income earners. Finally, despite the IT revolution, scientists, engineers or even computer scientists do not account for much of the growth in top incomes in Canada.

Information will be available on data access at SWORDC.

Location 
EV3 - Environment 3
Room 3412
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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