Christine Neill

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Wilfrid Laurier University

75 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON , N2L 3C5

Phone: 1-519-884-0710 ext 2469


Basic Biography

I graduated from the University of Queensland (Australia) with a B.Economics (Hons) in 1992, and went to work as an economist in the Australian Treasury and later more briefly with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I then went back to do an MA and eventually a PhD at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2006 with a specialisation in labour and public economics.

My research to date has focused mostly on university financing, student loan policies, and individuals' education decisions. Some research that Andrew Leigh and I did on how homicide and suicide rates changed following the 1996 Australian National Firearms Agreement has attracted some attention, particularly in the last couple of months.

I am currently examining how the switch to full-day kindergarten in Ontario's French language schools has changed students' test scores and their parents' propensities to work outside the home, and am beginning to examine some statistics that describe how parents' education attainment influences that of their children among Aboriginal Canadians.

Updated: November 2013