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  • Professor

    Faculty of Arts
    Department of Economics
    Economics & Econometrics
    643 Fletcher Argue Building
    15 Chancellors Circle
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V5

    Phone: 204-474-6174

  • Websites


Currently accepting graduate students - no


  • ECON 3362 - Labour Economics I
  • ECON 7000 - MA Research Workshop


Wayne Simpson is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Manitoba and a Research Fellow in the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the London School of Economics. His areas of specialization include labour economics, urban and regional economics, applied microeconomics, quantitative methods and social policy. He is the author of "Is Basic Income Within Reach? Building the Case Amidst Progress and Poverty" and "Urban Structure and the Labour Market: Analysis of Worker Mobility, Commuting and Underemployment in Cities," and co-author (with Derek Hum) of "Income Maintenance, Work Effort and the Canadian Mincome Experiment" and "Maintaining a Competitive Workforce." He has published more than 60 refereed articles in economics and policy journals as well as numerous technical and research reports, book chapters and other article s and blogs.


  • PhD (Economics), London School of Economics, 1977
  • MSc (Economics), London School of Economics, 1974
  • BA (Honours), University of Saskatchewan, 1970


Research interests

  • Basic income
  • Redistributive tax policies
  • Provincial finances

Research affiliations/groups

Selected publications

  • "Is Basic Income Within Reach? Building the Case Amidst Progress and Poverty," New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021
  • “Evidence, Experimentation, and the Ethical Debate over a UBI: What the Income Maintenance Experiments Accomplished and What More Can Be Done,” Ethical Perspectives, March 2021, 28(1), 41-51
  • “Toward a National Universal Guaranteed Basic Income,” Canadian Public Policy 43(2), 2017, 120-139 (with Harvey Stevens)
  • “Dynamics of the Location of Financial Institutions: Who is Serving the Inner City?” Economic Development Quarterly 30 (November 2016), 358-370 (with J. Buckland)
  • “Canadian Economics in Decline: Implications for Canada’s Economics Journals,” Canadian Public Policy XXXVIII no.4, 2012, 445-470 (with J. C. H. Emery)
  • “Effective tool or effectively hollow? Balanced budget legislation in Western Canada,” Canadian Public Policy XXXVIII no.3, 2012, 291-313 (with J. Wesley)
  • “A Microeconometric Analysis of Canadian Health Care Utilization,” Health Economics, vol. 15, no. 3, 2006, 219-239 (with S. Sarma).
  • “Reinterpreting the Performance of Immigrant Wages from Panel Data,” Empirical Economics, vol. 29, no. 1, 2004, 129-147; also appearing in Badi Baltagi (ed.) Panel Data: Theory and Applications, Heidelberg and New York: Physica-Verlag, 2004, 29-148 (with D. Hum)
  • "Urban Structure and the Labour Market: Analysis of Worker Mobility, Commuting and Underemployment in Cities," Oxford University Press, 1992
  • "Economic Response to a Guaranteed Annual Income: Experience from Canada and the United States," Journal of Labor Economics, vol. 11, no.1, part 2, 1993, S263-S296; also issued as discussion paper no.25, Centre for Labour and Social Policy, University of Trier, 1991 (with D. Hum)


  • 2014 - Mike McCracken Award for Economic Statistics from the Canadian Economics Association
  • 1999 - John Vanderkamp prize for the best article in Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de Politiques


  • Coalition Canada Advisory Committee for the PEI Basic Income Project
  • Government of Canada expert panel on poverty reduction strategies
  • Consumers Association of Canada Manitoba Advisory Panel

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