Biographical Sketch of Andrew Sharpe
Andrew Sharpe is founder and Executive Director of the Ottawa-based Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS). Established in 1995, CSLS is a national, independent, non-profit research organization. Its main objectives are to study trends and determinants of productivity, living standards and economic well-being and to develop policy recommendations to improve the lives of Canadians. He has held a variety of earlier positions, including Head of Research and Editor, Quarterly Labour Market and Productivity Review at the Canadian Labour Market and Productivity Centre and Chief, Business Sector Analysis at the Department of Finance.

He holds a Ph.D and M.A. in economics from McGill University, a maitrise in urban geography from the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. He has taught at Champlain College (Lennoxville Campus), Université de Sherbrooke, McGill University, and in the graduate economics program at the University of Ottawa. He currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa.

He is a founder and past editor (1992-98) of the journal Canadian Business Economics and founder and editor since 2000 of the International Productivity Monitor. He is a member of a number of advisory committees, including the OECD Expert Advisory Committee on Productivity Levels, Statistics Canada's Advisory Committee on Service Sector Statistics and Advisory Committee on Non-profit Institutions and Volunteering; the Board of Directors of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies; and the Editorial Boards of the Review of Income and Wealth and the Journal of Socio-Economics. He is also a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Sciences, a Distinguished Research Fellow of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, and an Honourary Member of the Canadian Association for Business Economics. He served as President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics (1992-94) and President of the Ottawa Economics Association (1988-90).

He is involved in a number in international activities, including the coordinator of an international team of researchers developing a new architecture for labour market statistics for a Ford Foundation funded project and Canadian co-representative for the Bertelsmann Foundation's International Reform Monitor; and is currently serving as a lead consultant to the International Labour Organization for the 2004 edition of the World Employment Report.

He has written extensively on labour market, productivity, and living standard issues. Journals in which he has published articles include Actualité économique, Canadian Business Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Tax Journal, Challenge, Economie et Sociétés, Gestion: revue internationale de gestion, Indicators: The Journal of Social Health, Policy Options, Review of Income and Wealth, Review of North American Economics and Finance, Social Indicators Research, and Travail et Emploi. He has authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited 14 books or volumes.

He is married and has two children, Sandra born in 1987 and Brendan, born in 1992. He is a recent graduate of the Sommelier Program at Algonquin College.

    Major recent publications include:

  • Social Partnerships for Training: Canada's Experiment with Labour Force Development Boards (with Rodney Haddow) (CSLS, Caledon Institute for Social Policy and School of Policy Studies at Queen's University and distributed by McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997);
  • Forging Business-Labour Partnerships: The Emergence of Sector Councils in Canada (with Morley Gunderson) (University of Toronto Press, 1998);
  • The Canada-U.S. Unemployment Rate Gap (with Craig Riddell) (Special Issue of Canadian Public Policy, February 1998);
  • Service Sector Productivity and the Productivity Paradox (with Erwin Diewert and Alice Nakamura) (Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Economics, April, 1999);
  • Labour Force Participation in Canada in the 1990s (with Louis Grignon) Theme Issue of Canadian Business Economics (May, 1999);
  • Structural Aspects of Unemployment in Canada (with Tim Sargent), Special Issue of Canadian Public Policy, July, 2000;
  • The Longest Decade: Canada in the 1990s: Inaugural Issue of the Review of Economic Performance and Social Progress (with Keith Banting and France St-Hilaire), (CSLS and Institute for Research on Public Policy, distributed by McGill-Queen's University Press) May 2001;
  • The State of Economics in Canada: Festschrift in Honour of David Slater (with Patrick Grady), (CSLS and John Deutsch Institute, distributed by McGill-Queen's University Press, October 2001);
  • Productivity Issues in Canada (with Someshwar Rao), Industry Canada Research Volume (University of Calgary Press, May 2002);
  • Towards a Social Understanding of Productivity Growth: Review of Economic Performance and Social Progress, 2002 (with Keith Banting and France St-Hilaire), (Institute for Research on Public Policy and the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, distributed by McGill-Queen's University Press, December 2002).
  • Linkages between Economic Growth and Inequality (with Pierre Fortin and France St-Hilaire), Special Issue of Canadian Public Policy, January 2003;
  • The Canada-U.S. Manufacturing Productivity Gap (with Jeff Bernstein and Rick Harris) (McGill-Queen's University Press, forthcoming); and
  • Understanding and Improving Labor Market Statistics: A Cross-Country Comparative Study, Volume I and Toward a New Architecture for Labor Market Statistics, Volume II, (edited with Batty Bluestone) accepted for publication by M.E. Sharpe Inc.
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