Kourtney Koebel

Sessional Lecturer

Fields of Study


Kourtney is a PhD graduate of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto. Here research interests include labour markets and social policy, as well as poverty alleviation strategies. Her current research involves evaluating the labour supply effects of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) using applied econometrics and bridging together different schools of thought on how we formally think about, and conceive of, the broad concept of “work”. She has also worked on several projects related to the concept of a basic income guarantee (BIG), including the design and financing of a BIG in Canada, as well as the political feasibility and framing of such a policy. This work includes simulating a revenue-neutral basic income and examining the static effects it could have on the poverty rate and distribution of income in Canada.



PhD Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto, 2022
MA Political Science, University of Toronto, 2017
MA Economics, Queen’s University, 2016
BA Hons Economics & Political Science with Research Specialization Option (High Distinction), Wilfrid Laurier University, 2015