Lars Osberg

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.


Lars Osberg est né à Ottawa (Ontario). En tant qu'étudiant en 1er cycle, il a étudié à l'Université Queen's (Kingston) et le London School of Economics and Political Science. Suite à deux ans comme bénévole CUSO à la Corporation Tanzania Sisal, il à complété un doctorat à l'Université Yale. Il a détenu des postes de professeur invité aux universités Cambridge, New York, Sydney, New South Wales, Essex, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA, à Dar-es-Salaam en Tanzanie) et à l'Institut Indira Ghandi pour la recherche sur le développement à Mumbai en Inde.

Son premier livre est « Economic inequality in Canada » et son plus récent est « The Economic implications of social cohesion ». Entre la publication de ces oeuvres, il en a écrit huit autres ainsi que cinq éditions d'un manuel de cours sur les fondements des sciences économiques. Il est aussi l'auteur de plusieures articles arbitrées dans des journaux professionels, comme chapitres de livres, des revues, des rapports, et divers autres publications. Ses principaux champs de recherche sont la mesure et les causes de la pauvreté et l'inégalité économique, avec l'accent particulier sur l'insécurité économique et les conséquences du temps de travail, le chômage et les changements structurelles dans les marchés de travail. Parmi d'autres responsabilités professionelles, il était président de l'Association canadienne d'économique de 1999 à 2000.

Posts & Activities by Lars Osberg

  • Happy 80th Birthday Ed Broadbent!

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    We will hand deliver Ed's messages to him - help us make his 80th special.

    Ed has been working for a more inclusive, fair and just Canada for more than 50 years. On his 80th Birthday, let’s celebrate his life & accomplishments! 


  • Can more education solve Canada’s income inequality problem?


    Since the early 1980s, middle class incomes in Canada and the United States have stagnated while the incomes of the top 1% have, with occasional short interruptions, grown dramatically. As a result, the top 1% income share in the U.S. increased from 10.8% of total income in 1982 to 22.5% in 2012. Tax data in Canada show a smaller increase, but it is hard to be completely sure since the top 1% in Canada have been able to shelter some of their income increase from view (in Canadian Controlled Private Corporations). 


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