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Lars Osberg


Department of Economics

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


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

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

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

Selected Awards and Honours

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

Selected Publications

  • “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             
  • “The Hunger of Old Women in rural Tanzania: Can subjective data improve poverty measurement ?”  Review of Income and Wealth Series 61, No. 4, December 2015, 723-738
  • "Economic Insecurity in Australia: Who is Feeling the Pinch and How?" With N. Rohde, K.K. Tang and P. Rao
  • Economic Record, Vol.91,No. 292, March 2015, 1–15

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