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Veall Michael, Professor | Academic Director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre

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Michael Veall

Professor | Academic Director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre

Master of Public Policy Program

Department of Economics

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Mike Veall is a Professor of Economics at McMaster University. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Mannheim, Australian National University and Queen’s University. He has been a von Humboldt fellow at the University of Munich and an honorary professor at the University of York. He is a co-winner of the Purvis Prize for a work of excellence relating to Canadian economic policy and of the Vanderkamp Prize for the best article in 2005 in Canadian Public Policy, a journal he now serves as Editor. He was President of the Canadian Economics Association in 2011-12.  Currently he is Director and Principal Investigator of the Productivity Partnership, a research group funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant, Principal Investigator of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network and Academic Director of the McMaster Statistics Canada Research Data Centre. Within McMaster he has been the co-winner of the President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and in 2018 he won the inaugural Research Impact award from the Faculty of Social Sciences.





On leave until July, 2019


Recent Research Papers

Schirle, T. and M.R. Veall, “Chapter 4: Retirement in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging”, in P. Raina, C. Wolfson, S. Kirkland and L. Griffith (eds), The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Report on Health and Aging in Canada Findings from Baseline Data Collection 2010-2015, 2018.

Wolfson, M., N. Brooks, B. Murphy and M. R. Veall, “Piercing the Veil – Private Corporations and the Income of the Affluent”, Canadian Tax Journal, 2016. vol. 64:1, 1-30

Murphy, B., M. R. Veall and Y. Zhang, “Is There Evidence of ICT Skill Shortages in Canadian Taxfiler Data?”  in W.H. Greene, L. Khalaf, R. C. Sickles, M. R. Veall and M.C. Voia (eds), Productivity and Efficiency Analysis, Springer Verlag, 2016, pp. 145-162.

Murphy, B. and M. R. Veall, “A Tale of Two Cities?  The Surge of Top Incomes at the City Level in Canada” in K. G. Banting, R. Chaykowski and S. F, Lehrer (editors), Thinking Outside the Box: Essays in Honour of Tom Courchene, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016, pp. 347-363.

Murphy, B., M. Veall and M. Wolfson, “Top-End Progressivity and Federal Tax Preferences in Canada: Estimates from Personal Income Tax Data”, Canadian Tax Journal, 2015, vol. 63:3, 661-668.

Dobrescu, V., S. Mirkovic, S. Mohsenzadeh and M. R. Veall, “Top-end Salaries and the Ontario Public Sector”, Canadian Public Administration, September, 2014, vol. 57: 3, 459-477.

D. Drummond, A. Ryan and M. R. Veall, "Improving Canada's productivity performance: the potential contribution of firm-level productivity research", International Productivity Monitor, 2013, 87-93. 

M. R. Veall, "Top Income Shares in Canada: Recent Trends and Why They Might Matter", Presidential Address to the Canadian Economics Association, Canadian Journal of Economics, November, 2012, 1247-42. 

M. R. Veall, “2B or Not 2B? What Should Have Happened with the Canadian Long Form Census? What Should Happen Now?, Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de Politiques, vol 38 (3), September, 2010, 395-399.

M. R. Veall, "The Distribution of Seniors' Income in Canada, 1992-2005", in M. Abbott, C. Beach, R. Boadway and J. MacKinnon (eds.) Retirement Policy Issues in Canada, John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy, McGill-Queens University Press, 2009.

M. R. Veall, "Canadian Seniors and the Low-Income Measure", Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de Politiques, November 2008. 

E. Saez and M. R. Veall, "The Evolution of High Incomes in Canada, 1920-2000," in A.B. Atkinson and T. Piketty. (eds.) Top incomes Over the Twentieth Century: A Contrast Between Continental European and English-Speaking Countries, 2007.

L. McLeod and M. R. Veall, "The Dynamics of Food Deprivation and Overall Health; Evidence from the Canadian National Population Health Survey,"  Applied Economics, 2006.

E. Saez and M. R. Veall, "The Evolution of High Incomes in North America: Lessons from Canadian Evidence," American Economic Review, 2005.  (Winner of 2005 Purvis Prize presented for a work of excellence relating to Canadian economic policy).

P. Grootendorst and M. R. Veall, "National Catastrophic Health Insurance Revisited: Who Would Benefit from Senator Kirby's Recommendations? " Canadian Public Policy, 2005.  (Winner of the John Vanderkamp Prize for best paper published in Canadian Public Policy in 2005).

S. Alan, T. F. Crossley, P. Grootendorst and M. R. Veall, "Distributional Effects of 'General Population' Prescription Drug Programs in Canada" Canadian Journal of Economics, 2005.

Q. Kong and M. R. Veall, "Does the Maclean's Ranking Matter? " Canadian Public Policy, 2005.

S. Alan, T. F. Crossley, P. Grootendorst and M. R. Veall, "The Effects of Drug Subsidies on Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Expenditures by Seniors: Regional Evidence from Canada," Journal of Health Economics, 2002.

J.-P. Lam and M. R. Veall, "Bootstrap Confidence Intervals for Single Period Regression Forecasts," International Journal of Forecasting, 2002.

D. Fretz, A. Macnaughton and M. R. Veall, "Policy Approaches to Promote Private and Occupational Old-Age Provision in Canada," Bertelsmann Foundation, Vorsorgestudien, 4, 2002.

J. Robbins, and M. R. Veall, "Registered Saving Plan Holdings as a Government Asset," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder No. 63, 2002.

A. Macnaughton and M. R. Veall, "Tipping and the McQuatters Formula," Public Finance Review, 2001.

M.A. Sillamaa and M. R. Veall, "The Effect of Marginal Tax Rates on Taxable Income: A Panel Study of the 1988 Tax Flattening in Canada," Journal of Public Economics, 2001.

M. R. Veall, "Did Tax Flattening Affect RRSP Contributions?" Canadian Journal of Economics, 2001.

D. Fretz and M. R. Veall "Economists and the ARC Large Grants Program: A Brief Report," Economic Record (Miscellany Section), 2001.

D. Fretz and M. R. Veall, "Review Article: 2 ½ Proposals to Save Social Security," Southern Economic Journal, 2001.