Shelley Phipps



Related Information

Email: Shelley.Phipps@Dal.Ca
Phone: 902-494-6987
Mailing Address: 
Department of Economics
Dalhousie University
6214 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Labour economics
  • Social policy
  • Health economics

Current Research

  • Well-being of children and youth


Selected Awards and Honours

  • Senior Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 2006 - 2017
  • Maxwell Chair of Economics, Dalhousie University, July 2000 -- present

Selected Publications

“The Economic Well-Being of Canadian Children.” 2017. (with P. Burton). Canadian Public Policy, 43:4, 299-330. Originally delivered as the Canadian Public Policy Lecture, Canadian Economics Association, June 2, 2017, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

"Child Health and Parental Paid Work," 2017. (with Peter Burton, Kelly Chen, and Lynn Lethbridge), Review of Economics of the Household, 15:2, 597-620.

"Economic Insecurity and the Weight Gain of Canadian Adults:  A Natural Experiment Approach." 2016. (with Barry Watson and Lars Osberg).  Canadian Public Policy. 42:2, 115-131.

“Young in Class:  Implications for the Inattentive/Hyperactive Behaviour of Canadian Boys and Girls." 2015. (with Kelly Chen and Nicole Fortin), Canadian Journal of Economics, 48:5, 1601-1634.

"Intergenerational Effects of Disability Benefits: Evidence from Canadian Social Assistance Programs." 2015. (with Kelly Chen and Lars Osberg), Journal of Population Economics, 28:4, 873-910.

“Leaving Boys Behind:  Gender Disparities in High Academic Achievement,” 2015. (with Nicole Fortin and Philip Oreopoulos), Journal of Human Resources, 50 (Summer), 549-583.

"Measuring Poverty and Inequality in Northern Canada," 2015. (with Peter Burton, Angela Daley), Journal of Children and Poverty,21:2, pp. 87-107.

"The Well-Being of Adolescents in Northern Canada," 2015. (with Peter Burton and Angela Daley), Child Indicators Research, 8:3, 717-745.

 “The Prince and the Pauper:  Movement of Children Up and Down the Canadian Income Distribution, 1994-2004." 2014. (with Peter Burton and Lihui Zhang), Canadian Public Policy, 40:2 (June), 111-125.

"Is All Bullying the Same?" 2014. (with Lars Osberg and Lihui Zhang), Archives of Public Health, 72:19, 1-8.

 “From Parent to Child:  Emerging Inequality in Outcomes for Children in Canada and the United States,” 2013. (with P. Burton and L. Zhang), Child Indictors Research, 6:2, 363-402.


  • PhD (Economics), University of British Columbia, 1987
  • MA (Economics), University of British Columbia, 1982
  • BA (Honours Economics), University of Victoria, 1981
  • Diploma in Arts, Okanagan College, 1979