Michael C. Wolfson, PhD
University of Ottawa
Pensions, Income distribution and Health
Dr. Michael C. Wolfson, B.Sc., (Toronto – mathematics, computer science and economics 1971), Ph.D. (Cambridge – Economics 1977) recently retired as Assistant Chief Statistician, Analysis and Development, at Statistics Canada. He was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling / Populomics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 2010.
Dr. Wolfson’s areas of expertise include program review and evaluation, tax/transfer policy, pension policy, income distribution, design of health information systems, microsimulation modeling of socio-economic policy and health dynamics, and analysis of the determinants of health.
He held positions in the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Department of Finance, the Privy Council Office, the House of Commons, and the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office prior to joining Statistics Canada. He was also a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program in Population Health (1988-2003).
His numerous articles have addressed topics such as assessing the inter-generational equity of Canada’s pension and health care systems, the design of an appropriate system of health statistics, modeling disease determinants and treatments, income inequality and polarization trends, and income and income inequality as determinants of population health.
Dr. Wolfson is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a member of the International Statistical Institute.
Commentaries by Dr. Michael Wolfson:
Why we need an improved and sustainable CPP
How much is enough retirement income?
Income mobility is still a problem in Canada
Generational Fairness and Old Age Security
OAS savings could turn out to be costly
Why Canada needs to expand its public pension system