Michael Smith

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James McGill Professor

Department of Sociology
McGill University
Stephen Leacock Building, Room 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6849
Fax: 514-398-7276
E-Mail: michael.smith [at] mcgill.ca (Michael Smith)

Departmental Profile

Professor Smith came to McGill in 1974. His research has dealt with, among other things, organizational structures, industrial disputes, the politics of macroeconomic policy, trade and its social consequences, economic policy in Quebec, labour market functioning, flexibility and training, economic security and its consequences, the labour market outcomes of immigrants, and the North American pulp and paper industry. He has two major current research projects. One, with Bill Martin and Sue Richardson of Flinders University, deals with income and behaviour after job loss in Canada and Australia, using comparable panel data sets from the two countries. This project is funded by the SSHRC. The other, with Claire Durand of the University of Montreal, using another panel data set, examines differences between Quebec and other Canadian provinces in the characteristics and outcomes of training. This project is funded by the Programme de subvention à la recherche appliquée of the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale. With his Ph.D. students, Yoko Yoshida and Magali Girard, he also continues his work on the labour market outcomes of immigrants.



  • Economy and Society
  • Labour Markets
  • Inequality
  • Quantitative Research Methods



PhD in Sociology (1976): Brown University


Recent Publications

Durand, Claire & Massé-François, Yves-Emmanuel & pena ibarra, Luis & Smith, Michael. (2017). Who are you? Variability in Self-Report of Identity and its consequences for survey research.

Smith, Michael & Waite, Sean. (2017). Gender differences in the earnings produced by a middle range education: The case of Canadian ‘colleges’. Social Science Research. 66. 140-153. 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2017.03.003.

Durand, Claire & Massé-François, Yves-Emmanuel & Smith, Michael & pena ibarra, Luis. (2016). Who is Aboriginal? Variability in Aboriginal Identification between the Census and the APS in 2006 and 2012. Aboriginal Policy Studies. 6. 10.5663/aps.v6i1.25410.

Smith, Michael. (2014). Cumulative Disadvantage and Gender Differences in Early Career Earnings: Evidence from Canada's National Graduates Survey.

Smith, Michael. (2014). Did Rising Inequality Cause the Recent Financial Crisis?.