Morley Gunderson

CIBC Chair of Youth Employment, University of Toronto Professor, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resourses and Dept. of Economics
Affiliated Faculty, CSUS


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Centre for Industrial Relations, Room 307, 121 St. George Street



Morley Gunderson holds the CIBC Chair in Youth Employment at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. At the U. of T. he is a Professor at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (Director from 1985-97) and the Department of Economics.  He is also a member of the School of Public Policy and Governance and a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies and the Institute for Human Development, Life Course and Aging. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and the International Institute for Labour Research in Geneva, Switzerland. He has published on various topics including: gender discrimination, equal pay and equal employment opportunity; the ageing workforce, pensions and mandatory retirement; youth employment; unemployment insurance; the evaluation of labour market programs; minimum wages; public sector wages; immigration; the causes and consequences of unionization; strikes; labour market information; childcare; workers’ compensation, disability and reasonable accommodation; labour market adjustment and training; volunteer labour supply; Information Technology; and the impact of trade liberalisation and globalisation on labour markets and  labour policy.  In 2002, he was awarded the Industrial Relations Research Association Excellence in Education Award in Labour Economics, in 2003 the Gérard Dion Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Industrial Relations and in 2011 he was the first Canadian to be elected as a Fellow of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).

research interests

The labour markets impacts of trade liberalization and globalization
Gender discrimination
Youth employment, minimum wages and retirement and pension issues
Workers’ compensation and disability issues


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1971

M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1970

B.A., Queen’s University, 1967

awards and distinctions

Outstanding Paper Award, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence SSHRC Insight Grant, 2013
International Journal of Manpower, Best Paper Award, 2012
Elected Fellow of the Labour and Employment Relations Association (North America), 2011
Elected, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2008
First in citation ranking, Canadian Journal of Economics, 2003
Gérard Dion CIRA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Industrial Relations, 2003
Industrial Relations Research Association Excellence in Teaching Award, Labour Economics, 2002
CIBC Chair in Youth Employment, 1999-present
Connaught Senior Fellowship in the Social Science, 1989-1999
INTAL Medal for paper “Labour Standards, Income Distribution and Trade”, 1998
Elected to Executive Board of Industrial Relations Research Association, 1995-1998
Connaught Senior Fellowship in Social Sciences, 1992-1993

selected publications

“Male-Female Wage Differentials: How Can that Be?” Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 39, No. 1 (February 2006) 1-21.

“Minimum Wage Effects on Employment and Wages: Dif-in-Dif  Estimates from Eastern China,” International Journal of Manpower. Vol. 33, No. 8 (2012) 869-876. Received 2012 Best Paper Award  for International Journal of Manpower, and 2013 Outstanding Paper Award, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. (with J. Wang).

“Minimum Wage Responses from Permanent vs. Temporary Minimum Wage Jobs,” Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 32, No. 3 (July 2014) 578-591. (with M. Campolieti and B. Lee).

“The Effect of Vocational Rehabilitation on the Employment Outcomes of Disability Insurance Recipients: New Evidence from Canada,” IZA Journal of Labor Policy. Vol. 3, No. 10 (May 2014) 1-29 (with Michelle Campolieti and Jeffrey Smith).

“Occupational Segregation in China: Devil in the Details,” International Journal of Manpower. forthcoming (with Lin Xiu).

“Returns to Apprenticeship: Analysis Based on the 2006 Census,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review. forthcoming (with Harry Krashinsky).

“Does Occupational Licensing Benefit or Harm Immigrants? Canadian Public Policy. forthcoming (with Rafael Gomez, Crystal Huang and Tingting Zhang).

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