Lori J. Curtis

Lori J. Curtis.

Office: HH 240

CV: Lori J. Curtis

Nursing Diploma (Durham College); B.Sc (Honours Economics, Trent); MA (Economics, McMaster); PhD (Economics, McMaster)

Areas of specialization: Health economics; Labour economics; Social policy; Applied microeconometrics

Research interests

My early studies focused on the well-being of women and children, the determinants of health, health-care utilization and economic evaluation. My research now focuses on public policy and its association with health, health-care utilization and economic well-being, particularly for marginalized populations.


After practicing as a Registered Nurse for over a decade, I returned to university to study mathematics and economics eventually majoring in economics. I earned my BSc from Trent University and my MA from McMaster University in the early 1990s. I then took a position in the Federal Government at Energy, Mines and Resources performing economic evaluations of environmental policies. I returned to McMaster to do my PhD in economics in 1994 graduating in 1998. My areas of specialization were health economics, labour economics and applied microeconomics. Since obtaining my PhD, I have held positions at Dalhousie University (Assistant Professor in Community Health and Epidemiology), Health Canada (Assistant Director in Applied Research and Analysis Division) where I organized and managed a research unit focused on economic evaluation of health policies and programs). I returned to academia in 2005 to take up a Canada Research Chair (2005 to 2009) in the Department of Economics at Waterloo and am currently the Director of the South Western Research Data Centre on campus.  

Selected publications

For a complete list of publications and grants see my CV located on my personal webpage.

  • Corak, M; Lori Curtis and Shelley Phipps (2011) “Economic Mobility, Family Background, and the Well-Being of Children in the United States and Canada” in Persistence, Privilege, and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility Edited by Timothy M. Smeeding Robert Erikson, Markus Jäntti, Russell Sage Foundation, NY (also IZA working paper No. 4814) Awarded Best Comparative Article at the 2009 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Conference.
  • Curtis Lori J and Joann Kingston-Riechers (2010) “The Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Family: Evaluating the welfare effects of the GST” Canadian Public Policy 36(4):503-520.
  • Curtis, Lori J and William MacMinn (2008) Twenty-five years of Health Care Utilization in Canada to Canadian Public Policy, 34(1):65-87
  • Fell, Deshayne B, George Kephart, Lori J. Curtis, Kelly Bower, Nazeem Muhajarine, Robert Reid, Leslie Roos (2007) ”The Relationship Between Work Hours and Utilization of General Practitioners in Four Canadian Provinces” Health Services Research, 42(4):1483-1498
  • Crossley, Thomas F. and Curtis, Lori J. (2006) “Child Poverty in Canada” Review of Income and Wealth, 52(2):237-260
  • Curtis, Lori J and Shelley Phipps (2004) “Social Transfers and the Health Status of Mothers in Norway and Canada”Social Science and Medicine, 58(12):2499-2507.
  • Elgar, F. J., Curtis, L. J., McGrath, P. J., Waschbusch, D. A., and Stewart, S. H (2003). “Antecedent consequence conditions in maternal mood and child behavioural problems: A four-year cross-lagged study” Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 32(2):362-374.
  • Burton, Peter, Shelley Phipps and Lori Curtis (2002) "All in the Family: A Simultaneous Model of Parenting Style and Child Conduct," American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 92(2):368-372.
  • Curtis, Lori J, Martin Dooley, Ellen Lipman and David Feeny, (2001) "The Role of Permanent Income and Family Structure in the Determination of Child Health in the Ontario Child Health Study." Health Economics, 10(4):287-302