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Malak Natalie

Natalie Malak

PhD Students
Department of Economics


Fields of Specialization

Applied Microeconomics, Health, Labour, Population


Committee: Dr. Philip DeCicca (supervisor), Dr. Jeremiah Hurley, Dr. Arthur Sweetman, and Dr. Michael Veall


The William Henry Yates Scholarship, 2017

Canadian Population Society Student Paper Award, 2016

C.D. Howe Memorial Foundation Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2016 & 2017

Canadian Women Economists Network Travel Award, 2016

Canadian Economics Association Travel Grant, 2016

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario, 2015- Present

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2011

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship, Schulich School of Business, York University, 2007


Ph.D. Economics, McMaster University, expected 2018

M.A. Economics, University of Toronto, 2012

B.B.A. Schulich School of Business, 2011



  • Intermediate Microeconomics, McMaster University, Summer 2015; Overall teaching effectiveness evaluation: 9/10, response rate: 17/34

Guest Lecturer

  • Advanced Econometrics, McMaster University, Winter 2016
  • Economics of Labour Market Issues, McMaster University, Winter 2015
  • Public Policy towards Business, McMaster University, Spring 2014

Teaching Assistant

  • Economics of Professional Sport, McMaster University, Spring 2016
  • Introductory Macroeconomics, McMaster University, Fall 2013 & Spring 2016
  • Intermediate Microeconomics, McMaster University, Winter & Spring 2014
  • Mathematics for Economists & Introductory Macroeconomics, McMaster University, Fall 2013
  • Introductory Microeconomics, McMaster University, Winter 2013
  • Introduction to Economics, University of Toronto, Fall & Winter 2012


Job Market Paper

Malak, Natalie. 2017. “When Good Fences Aren’t Enough: The Effect of Neighboring Air Pollution on Infant Health Outcomes.”

Completed Work

Malak, Natalie. 2017. “Nurse Absenteeism and Benefit Generosity: Evidence from Canada.”    Journal of Health and Human Services Administration 40(1): 44-78.

Malak, Natalie, and Sweetman, Arthur. 2016. “Nursing Wages in Ontario: A Historical Summary.” Report to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Work under Review

“A Re-Examination of the Effects of Tort Reforms on Obstetrical Procedures and Health Outcomes” with Y. Tony Yang (George Mason University)

“Baby Bonus, Anyone? Examining Heterogeneous Responses to a Pro-Natalist Policy” with Mahbubur Rahman (McMaster University), and Terry Yip (McMaster University); Recipient of Canadian Population Society Student Paper Award, 2016

“C-Sections and Lawyers’ Fees: The Effects of Contingency Fee Reform on Maternal and Infant Health”

Work In Progress

“Do class-size reductions have unintended consequences?” with Michael Baker (University of Toronto) and A. Abigail Payne (University of Melbourne)