PhD Student

Jue ZhangBA (China); MA (University of New Brunswick)


Office: HH 237


My research area is labour economics, especially the economic effects of skilled immigration. Currently, I am working on an empirical analysis of the impact of immigration on innovation, measured using patent data. Unlike the United States, Canada uses a point system for selecting immigrants, which provides Canadian policymakers with a lever to influence the types of skills that immigration brings. My research examines whether this system has more potential than other systems to raise innovation than immigration based on other objectives, such as family reunification. Ultimately, I am interested in measuring potential spillover effects of skilled immigrants on the innovation activities of native-born Canadians and the implications of these spillovers for economic growth in Canada.

Research interests

  • Applied microeconomics


  • Mikal Skuterud
University of Waterloo