Gender Wage Gap Workshop, April 17, 2015

The workshop is being held at the University of Guelph on Friday April 17, 2015. On this page, you can find the workshop program, information about those presenting and participating in panels, their slides, and directions for finding the workshop. We would like to thank the Pay Equity Commission for supporting this workshop and gender wage gap research.

Workshop program

The program is posted here (including a list of participants).

Workshop Presenters and Panelists

In order of appearance:

Miana Plesca (Workshop Co-Organizer, University of Guelph)

Miana Plesca joined the Department of Economics at the University of Guelph in 2003. She received her B.A. (Computer Science) from Technical University of Cluj, Romania in 1994, an M.A. (Econ) from Georgetown University in 1999, and a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2005. Her main research interests are in labour economics. In particular, she has studied the methodology of evaluating training and re-employment programs; the general equilibrium effects the US Employment Service; the effects of occupational mobility on understanding the returns to employer- and government-sponsored training; the effects of aggregate and sectoral fluctuations on firms' training decision; as well as the returns to post-secondary education.

Ana Ferrer (University of Waterloo)

Ana Ferrer an associate professor at the University of Waterloo and associated researcher at the Canadian Labour and Skills Research Network (CLSRN) and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM). She graduated from Boston University and her research career developed in Canada, and focused on immigration, education and family economics. Her work on the economics of education includes research on different aspects of the premium attached to immigrant credentials and to the skills brought by immigrants to Canada. More recently, her work has focused on the fertility of immigrants and its consequences for immigrant integration.

Shintaro Yamaguchi (McMaster University)

Shintaro Yamaguchi is an associate professor of economics at McMaster university. He earned PhD in economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison and published papers in leading economics journals including American Economic Review and Journal of Labor Economics. His current research focuses on task-specific human capital, child development, female labour supply, and gender gap in the labour market.

Aloysius Siow (University of Toronto)

Aloysius Siow is a professor of economics at the University of Toronto. He does research on the economics of the family and labour economics. He is currently studying models of matching in the the marriage and labor markets. He teaches graduate labour economics, undergraduate economics of the family and undergraduate economics of careers.

Janice Compton (University of Manitoba)

Janice Compton is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba. Her research, which focusses primarily on the impact of location, migration, and family ties on women’s labour force outcomes has been published in the Journal of Labour Economics, the Journal of Urban Economics and the Review of Economics of the Household. She holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and previously worked as an economist with Statistics Canada and Finance Canada.

Emanuela Heyninck (Pay Equity Commission)

Emanuela Heyninck is currently serving her third term as head of the Pay Equity Commission for Ontario, an independent agency of the Ministry of Labour. The Commission enforces the Ontario Pay Equity Act, aimed at redressing systemic gender compensation issues. In addition to its enforcement and education mandate, the Commission has the authority to research and make recommendations to the Minister of Labour on issues related to pay equity, gender wage gaps and women and work.
    Emanuela is currently President of the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators and has served on several of SOAR’s committees and on the Board of Director and Executive. She is a member of several Advisory Councils, including Conestoga College and the University of Western Ontario Student Law Clinic and is a mentor at Brescia College. She holds an Hon. B.A. in Italian and French from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.
    Before her appointment she practiced civil, family and administrative law in London, Ontario for 25 years. Her past community involvement has included several terms on the Executives of the London Chamber of Commerce, the London Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Middlesex Family Lawyers Association, the Middlesex as well as the Ontario Collaborative Law Group, Hospice of London and Investing in Children.

Tammy Schirle (Co-organizer, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Tammy Schirle is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Director of the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (LCERPA), and a member of the C.D. Howe Institute's Pension Policy Council. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 2006. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A.(Hons) in Economics in 1999 and completed her M.A. in Economics at Dalhousie University (Halifax) in 2000. She is a labour economist and applied econometrician with interests in public policy.

Jiayuan (Jennifer) Teng (Co-organizer, University of Guelph)

Jennifer Teng is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Guelph.

Luiza Antonie (Co-organizer, University of Guelph)

Luiza Antonie is a research associate in the Department of Economics and Finance and an adjunct professor in the School of Computer Science at University of Guelph. She is the lead computer scientist of the social science-based People in Motion project which links people across historical Canadian censuses. She received her PhD in Computing Science from University of Alberta with specialization in data mining. Her research interests include applied record linkage, associative classifiers and health informatics. She has published articles on these topics in top venues. She serves as a reviewer and member of program committee in journals and conferences related to data mining. She was a co-organizer for the Workshop for Women in Machine Learning in 2008, one of the organizing chairs for Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing in 2014 and a co-organizer for the 1st Data Integration and Applications workshop.

Christine Neill (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Christine Neill is an Associate Professor in economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, specialising in labour and public economics. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, and a B.Econ. from the University of Queensland. Her research has focused on university financing, student loan policies, and individuals' education decisions, with some analysis of Australian policies on road infrastructure and firearms thrown in for good measure. More recently she has been working on researching the medium- to long-run effects of government programs targeted at pre-school aged children. Her work has been published in Economics Letters, the Economics of Education Review, and the American Law and Economics Review, among others. She is currently Vice-President of the Canadian Women Economists Network.

Lori Curtis (University of Waterloo)

Lori Curtis is a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo. She earned her BSc from Trent University and her MA from McMaster University in the early 1990s. She then took a position in the Federal Government at Energy, Mines and Resources performing economic evaluations of environmental policies. She returned to McMaster to do her PhD in economics in 1994 graduating in 1998. Her areas of specialization were health economics, labour economics and applied microeconomics. Since obtaining her PhD, she has held positions at Dalhousie University (Assistant Professor in Community Health and Epidemiology), Health Canada (Assistant Director in Applied Research and Analysis Division) where she organized and managed a research unit focused on economic evaluation of health policies and programs). She returned to academia in 2005 to take up a Canada Research Chair (2005 to 2009) in the Department of Economics at Waterloo and is currently the Director of the South Western Research Data Centre.

Kathleen Rybczinski (University of Waterloo)

Kate Rybczinski is an associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo. She began her studies at Georgetown University, completing her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. She then completed her MA (Economics) at Waterloo and PhD (Economics) at Queen's University.


Workshop slides

When possible, presenters and panelists have made their slides available (listed in order of appearance).

Shintaro Yamaguchi, Effects of parental leave policies on fertility and work. slides

Aloysius Siow, A quantitative assessment of marriage markets. slides

Janice Compton, Location and migration: how military wives can inform the discussion of the gender wage gap. slides

Luiza Antonie, Gender wage gap, Ontario's sunshine list. slides

Tammy Schirle, The gender wage gap in the Canadian provinces. slides

Christine Neill, Gender pre-market (education). slides

Kate Rybczynski, Gender gaps in self-employment and business financing . slides

Directions and other information

Information for finding the workshop is here.