Ana Ferrer

Professor; Associate Dean, Research

Ana Ferrer
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BA (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid); MA, PhD (Boston University)

Areas of specialization: Labour economics; Education and household economics


Ana Ferrer is a professor at the University of Waterloo and a Research Fellow at IZA (Institute of Labor Economics). A graduate from Boston University, she moved to Canada to work at the University of British Columbia and the University of Calgary before coming to Waterloo. She developed her research career in Canada focusing on labour markets, education, immigration and family economics. Her latest work has focused on the outcomes of immigrants to Canada, particularly immigrant women. Her research is published in journals such as The Journal of Human Resources, The Journal of Labour Economics, The Canadian Journal of Economics. Professor Ferrer is also involved with the labour community of researchers internationally and in Canada. She serves as the immigration-subject editor for IZA World of Labour, a publication aimed at disseminating economic research in non-academic circles. She is also the Secretary of the Canadian Economic Association (CEA) and the director of the Canadian Labour Economic Forum (CLEF) a group aiming to facilitate research discussion and promote networking opportunities among Canadian researchers in labour economics.

Research Areas

Labour Markets; Education and Household Economics

Selected Publications

  • Alicia Adsera and Ana Ferrer. “The Effect of Linguistic Proximity on the occupational assimilation of immigrant men in Canada.Labour 35(1), (2021): 1-23
  • Ana Ferrer and Yazhuo Pan, “Divorce, Remarriage and Child Cognitive Outcomes: Evidence from Canadian Longitudinal Data of Children.Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, doi: 10.1080/10502556.2020.1827345
  • Alicia Adsera and Ana Ferrer, “Speeding up for a son: Sex ratio imbalances by birth interval among South Asian migrants to Canada.” Canadian Studies in Population, 47, pp.133-149 (2020).
  • Ana Ferrer and Jeremy Clark, “The Effect of Housing Price Changes on Fertility: Evidence from Canada.” Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 13 (2019-38): 1–32.
  • A. Clarke, A. Ferrer and M. Skuterud (2019)  “A Comparative Analysis of the Labour Market Performance of University-Educated Immigrants in Australia, Canada, and the United States” Journal of Labor Economics, vol 37(S2), S443-S490.
  • A. Adsera and A. Ferrer  (2017) “Fertility Issues in Developed Countries”. The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy. S. Averett; L. Argys; S. Hoffman, editors. Oxford University Press (DOI  10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190628963.013.7)
  • A. Adsera and A. Ferrer  (2016) "The fertility of married immigrant women to Canada", International Migration Review, Volume 50, Issue 2, Pages: 475–505.
  • A. Adsera and A. Ferrer  (2016) “Occupational Skills and Labour Market Progression of Married Immigrant Women in Canada”, Labour Economics. Vol.39, pp.88-98.
  • H. Emery and A. Ferrer (2015) “The Social Rate of Return to Investing in Character: An Economic Evaluation of Alberta's Immigrant Access Fund Small Loan Program” Journal of international Migration and Integration, vol.16(2), pp. 205-224
  • A. Adsera and A. Ferrer  (2014) "Immigrants and Demography: Marriage, Divorce, and Fertility", (Handbook on the Economics of International Migration, Volume 1, edited by B. R. Chiswick and P. W. Miller for the “Handbooks in Economics Series”, Kenneth J. Arrow and Michael D. Intriligator eds., Elsevier B.V.
  • A. Adsera and A. Ferrer  (2014). "The myth of immigrant women as secondary workers: Evidence from Canada", American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 104(3)
  • A. Ferrer, G. Picot, & C. Riddell (2014). "Canada's Immigration Policy: Recent changes and developments", International Migration Review, 48(3), 846-867. (Also published as CLSRN Working Paper no. 121 and IZA discussion paper #8682)
  • A. Adsera and A. Ferrer  (2014). "Factors influencing the fertility choices of child immigrants in Canada", Population Studies, 68(1), 65-79
  • A. Ferrer and A. Menendez (2014). "The puzzling effect of delaying schooling on Canadian wages", Canadian Public Policy, 40(3)