Kourtney Koebel

PhD Student

Fields of Study

Biography

I am currently a PhD student at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto. I am interested in the labour market and social policy, as well as poverty/inequality reduction strategies. Other research interests include evaluating public policy using applied econometrics. Presently, I am working on several projects related to a basic income guarantee (BIG), including the design, financing, and implementation 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 effects it could potentially have on the poverty rate, labour supply and distribution of income in Canada.

Publications

Education

PhD Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto, 2022 (expected)
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

Presentations

“The Political Economy of a Basic Income Guarantee," North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, McMaster University (plenary presentation and panelist by invitation, May 26, 2018)
“Basic Income: Some Options for Canada," North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, McMaster University (presentation by invitation, May 26, 2018)
“Basic Income and Labour Supply," The New Economy and a Basic Income Guarantee Conference, Ryerson University (presentation and panelist by invitation, May 29, 2017)
“The Political Feasibility of a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada: Lessons from History," North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, McMaster University (presenter and panelist, May 26, 2018)

Administrative Service

Referee 2017 Canadian Public Policy (1)

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