The Economics of Canadian Immigration Levels

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lecture by:
Dr. Mikal Skuterud

In the hope of addressing chronic labour shortages and sluggish economic growth, the Canadian government plans to increase immigration in the coming years to per capita levels not reached since the 1920s. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Skuterud suggests that economic immigration in the Canadian context should aim to boost GDP per capita in the full population including the newcomers. An examination into the potential for increases in Canadian immigration levels to achieve this objective suggests that Canada is not well-positioned at present to leverage heightened immigration. In this lecture, Dr. Skuterud will examine the economics of immigrations, and present a possible framework for identifying the optimal level of economic immigration.

About The Lecturer

Dr. Mikal Skuterud

Mikal Skuterud is a Full Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Waterloo, Director of the Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF), Fellow-in-Residence and Rogers Phillips Scholar of Social Policy at the C.D. Howe Institute, and a Research Fellow
at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). He received his Master’s degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University. His research interests include: the labour market integration of immigrants, labour market policies that influence hours of work, and the economics of trade unions. His work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Canadian Journal of Economics, and has received national media coverage in the New York Times and the Globe and Mail.