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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
April 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence
T. Schirle

Dr. Tammy Schirle

Associate Professor (Economics)

Contact Information
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.3849
Fax: 519.888.1015
Office Location: P3056
Office Hours: By appointment only
Personal Website:
Academic Background
BA (University of Manitoba), MA (Dalhousie University), PhD (University of British Columbia)

Tammy Schirle is an Associate Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 2006. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A.(Hons) in Economics in 1999 and completed her M.A. in Economics at Dalhousie University (Halifax) in 2000. She is currently co-director of the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network's Retirement Research Program and a member of the C.D. Howe Pension Policy Council. Her research interests include the economics of the elderly, income inequality, social policy, and the economics of gender. She has published articles in several academic journals, including the Journal of Labor Economics, Canadian Public Policy, Social Science and Medicine, and the Review of Income and Wealth. Current research projects focus on understanding senior poverty, disability insurance and retirement planning, the effects of the business cycle on family structure, and the impact of the Universal Child Care Benefit on women's labour supply choices.

Additional Information


Labour economics, public economics, economics of aging, economics of gender, applied econometrics


Schirle, T. 2013. "Senior poverty in Canada: a decomposition analysis." Canadian Public Policy (December 2013).

Ariizumi, H., Y. Hu and T. Schirle. 2013. "Stand together or alone? Family structure and the business cycle in Canada." Review of Economics of the Household. 

Ariizumi, H. , and T. Schirle. 2012. "Are recessions really good for your health? Evidence from Canada." Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 74, pp. 1224-1231.

Laurin, A., K. Milligan, and T. Schirle. 2012. "Comparing nest eggs: how CPP reform affects retirement choices."  C.D. Howe Institute Commentary No. 352, May 2012. 

Schirle, T. 2012. "Wage Losses of Displaced Older Men: Does Selective Retirement Bias Results?" Canadian Public Policy, vol. 38(1), 1-13.

Lu, Y., R. Morissette and T. Schirle.  2011.  "The Growth in Family Earnings Inequality in Canada: 1980-2005." The Review of Income and Wealth. Vol. 57, issue 1, pp. 23-29.

Schirle, T. 2010.  "Health, Pensions, and the Retirement Decision:  Evidence from Canada."  Canadian Journal on Aging, vol. 29(4). 

Schirle, T. 2008. "Why have the labor force participation rates of older men increased since the mid-1990s?" Journal of Labor Economics, vol. 26(4), pp. 549-594.

Milligan, K. and T. Schirle. 2008. "Improving the Labour Market Incentives in Canada's Public Pension System." Canadian Public Policy, vol. 34,(3), pp. 281-304.

Schirle, T. 2008. "Greener Pastures: Understanding the impact of retirement incentives in defined-benefit pension plans."  C.D. Howe Institute Commentary No. 262, May 2008.