Lars Osberg began life in Ottawa, Ontario. As an undergraduate, he attended Queen’s University, Kingston and the London School of Economics and Political Science. After two years working for the Tanzania Sisal Corporation as a CUSO volunteer, he went to Yale University for his Ph.D. He has had visiting positions at Cambridge, New York University, the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Essex, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) and the Indira Ghandi Institute for Development Research. Mumbai, India.
His first book was Economic Inequality in Canada, and the most recent is The Economic Implications of Social Cohesion. In between there have been eight others and five editions of an introductory economics textbook. He is also the author of numerous refereed articles in professional journals, book chapters, reviews, reports and miscellaneous publications.
His major fields of research interest have been the extent and causes of poverty and economic inequality, with particular emphasis on economic insecurity and the implications of working time, unemployment and structural change in labour markets. Among other professional responsibilities, he was President of the Canadian Economics Association in 1999-2000.