Designing Policy to Support the Careers of Women

Tammy Schirle is a Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is an Associate Editor for Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de Politiques, a board member for the Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF), a C.D. Howe Research Fellow, and a member of the C.D. Howe's Pension Policy Council and Human Capital 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 Journal of Economics, Canadian Public Policy, Social Science and Medicine, and the Review of Income and Wealth. Current research projects focus on the relationship between income and mortality, healthy aging and work, retirement income policies, and women's transitions in the labour market.


Dr. Tammie Schirle
Professor of Economics at Wilfred Laurier University


October 17, 2019 - 12:00 am



Burlington Art Gallery   View map

In Canada, we can find a wide range of policies whose objective is to support people in the labour market, helping them form an attachment to jobs and build a career. However, these policies are typically designed to exclude married women from eligibility despite their representing such a large portion of the potential labour force. Arguably, despite the dramatic increases in women’s employment over the past several decades, married women continue to be viewed primarily as wives and mothers rather than as individuals whose paid employment is a fundamental part of the economy. This talk discusses the need for policy to recognize the individual needs of married women when building their careers, which may not be fully appreciated in the family decision-making process. The focus is on the importance of viewing individuals as the tax unit, as well as the relevant unit for determining eligibility for labour market supports. Relevant labour market supports discussed include wage subsidies, child care, and training opportunities.

Join our Email List

Past Series Archive

Links of Interest