Lars Osberg



Related Information

Email: Lars.Osberg@Dal.Ca
Phone: 902-494-6988
Mailing Address: 
Department of Economics
Dalhousie University
6214 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Labour economics
  • Income and wealth distribution

Current Research

  • Measurement and determinants of social exclusion and poverty
  • Measurement of economic well-being 
  • Leisure co-ordination and economic well-being
  • Time use and economic development
  • Economic insecurity

Teaching Experience

  • McCulloch Professor of Economics, July 1, 1995-- Present
  • Professor with Tenure, Department of Economics, 1985-- Present
  • University Research Professor – July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2010
  • Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Economics, 1981-1985
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Dalhousie University, 1977-80

Selected Awards and Honours

  • Galbraith Prize, Progressive Economics Forum, May 2014
  • Mike McCracken Award for Economic Statistics
  • Canadian Economics Association, May, 2015
  • Doug Purvis Memorial Prize, 2019

Selected Publications

  • “Job Insecurity and Mental Health in Canada” with Barry Watson Applied Economics published online February 21, 2018
  • “On the limitations of some current usages of the Gini Index”  Review of Income and Wealth, Series 63, No. 3, September 2017, Pages 574 to 584,  (published online 28 September 2016 DOI: 10.1111/roiw.12256)
  •  “Unequal Opportunities and Public Policy: The Impact of Parental Disability Benefits on Child Post-Secondary Attendance” with Kelly Chen and Shelley Phipps revise and resubmit, Canadian Journal of Economics
  • “Healing and/or Breaking? The Mental Health Implications of Repeated Economic Insecurity” with Barry Watson forthcoming Social Science and Medicine
  • “Is It Vulnerability or Economic Insecurity that matters for Health?” with Nick Rohde, Prasada Rao and K.K. Tang  Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 2017, 134: 307-319
  • “The Self-Reinforcing Dynamics of Economic Insecurity and Obesity” with Nick Rohde and K.K.Tang  Applied Economics  49:17 1668-1678  November, 2016 online version: DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2016.1223826
  • “How Accurately does 70% Final Earnings Replacement Measure Retirement Income (In)Adequacy? Introducing the Living Standards Replacement Rate (LSRR)” with Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald and Kevin Moore ASTIN Bulletin - The Journal of the International Actuarial Association 2016, vol. 46, issue 03, pages 627-676
  • “On the limitations of some current usages of the Gini Index”  Review of Income and Wealth published online 28 September 2016 DOI: 10.1111/roiw.12256
  • “Economic Insecurity and the Weight Gain of Canadian Adults: A Natural Experiment Approach” with Barry Watson and Shelley Phipps, Canadian Public Policy June 2016 Pp.115-131,
  • “The Effect of Economic Insecurity on Mental Health: Recent Evidence from Australian Panel Data” with Nick Rohde, Prasada Rao and K.K. Tang (2016)  Social Science & Medicine Vol.151, February 2016, Pp. 250-258
  • “Prevalence, Frequency and Persistence of Being Bullied for Canadian Adolescents: A Longitudinal Analysis” with Lihui Zhang and Shelley Phipps revise and resubmit Social Science Journal
  • “Inter-generational effects of disability benefits: evidence from Canadian social assistance programs” with Kelly Chen and Shelley Phipps, Journal of Population Economics  Volume 28, Number 4, October 2015, Pp. 873-910          


  • PhD, Yale University, 1975
  • M.Phil., Yale University, 1972
  • BA. (Hon.), Queen's University, 1968