Health Capacity to Work at Older Ages: Evidence from Canada
We study the health-capacity to work among older workers in Canada. We estimate work capacity using two methods. The first uses age-specific mortality rates to proxy for overall health, comparing employment rates at similar levels of mortality. The second method uses a mix of health measures to estimate a health-employment relationship at ages 50 to 54, then uses these estimates to project the employment capacity of older workers. Our results suggest a substantial unused capacity for work among older Canadians.
August 23, 2016
This document attempts to disclose completely my potential conflicts of interest, using the principles circulated by the American Economic Association on January 5, 2012.
Item (2): Sources of support:
“Each author of a submitted article should identify each interested party from whom he or she has received significant financial support, summing to at least $10,000 in the past three years, …”
The following corresponds to the calendar years 2013-2016. Below is a complete listing of sources of support that exceed $10,000. For several of these, a grant flowed through a research organization. I have tried to list both the research organization and ultimate source of the funds.
1. University of British Columbia: salary. (2013 2014 2015)
2. National Institute on Aging / National Bureau of Economic Research: stipend for International Social Security project. (2013 2014 2015)
3. National Bureau of Economic Research / Social Security Administration: stipend for paper. (2013)
4. Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network / Human Resources and Skills Development Canada: stipend for paper and directing research series. (2013)
5. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Standard Research Grant. (2013 2015)
6. C.D. Howe Institute, stipend for role as Scholar-in-Residence (2014 2015 2016)
7. Department of Finance: personal services agreement for consulting (2016)
8. Department of Finance: Interchange Agreement for 80% of my time, September-December (2016).
Item (3): relevant paid or unpaid positions:
“Each author should disclose any paid or unpaid positions as officer, director, or board member of relevant non-profit advocacy organizations or profit-making entities.”
The following list covers activities in the years 2013-2016:
1. Editor, Canadian Tax Journal. (Paid) (2013 2014 2015 2016)
2. Associate Editor, Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. (Unpaid) (2013 2014 2015 2016)
3. Academic Director, British Columbia Interuniversity Research Data Centre (Unpaid; teaching release / research stipend). Funded by UBC/UVIC/SFU/UNBC/SSHRC/CIHR. (2013 2014 2015 2016)
4. President and sole shareholder of KAYEMM CONSULTANCY INCORPORATED, through which some of the above funds have been received. (2013 2014 2015 2016)
5. Board of Directors, Wesley Place Ltd., Vancouver BC. (Unpaid) (2013 2014 2015 2016)
6. Member of Economic Advisory Council for Liberal Party of Canada. (Unpaid) (2014 2015)
Item (4): disclosure for close relative or partner
I had no domestic partner in the years 2013-2016.
1. Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. (Unpaid) (2013 2014 2015 2016)
2. Research Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute. (Unpaid) (2013 2014)
3. Scholar-in-Residence, C.D. Howe Institute. (Stipend) (2014 2015 2016)
4. Occasional contributor, Economy Lab, Globe and Mail. (Unpaid) (2013)
5. Occasional contributor, Maclean’s Econowatch. (Paid) (2013 2014 2015 2016)
I hold shares in companies through broadly-diversified mutual funds and investment vehicles. I do not directly hold shares of any individual corporation (except for KAYEMM CONSULTANCY as noted above).
I am not a member of any political party at the municipal, provincial, or federal levels. I have occasional policy conversations with policymakers from many parties, as well as government officials at the provincial and federal levels.Tammy Schirle
This document attempts to disclose completely my potential conflicts of interest.
Sources of support exceeding $5,000 since 2011:
1. Wilfrid Laurier University (salary 2011-present)
2. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Insight Development Grant (2015-2017)
3. Ontario Ministry of Labour, Pay Equity Commission, Gender Wage Gap Grant Program (three research grants 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17)
4. Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (stipend for paper and directing research series, 2013)
5. MITACS, in partnership with Biz-Zone Internet Group Inc. Accelerate program (2015)
Relevant paid positions since 2011:
1. Associate Editor, Canadian Public Policy (paid, 2015-present)
2. Editor, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (paid, 2016-present)
3. Occasional reviewer for Employment and Social Development Canada (paid)
Additional affiliations and positions since 2011:
1. Research Fellow, C.D. Howe Insitute (unpaid, 2016-present)
2. Chair, Waterloo Region Collaborative Economic Research Group (unpaid, 2014-present)
3. Board Member, Canadian Labour Economics Forum (unpaid, 2015-present)
4. Director, Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (unpaid, teaching release, 2014-present)
I hold shares in companies only through broadly diversified investment vehicles. I do not directly hold shares of any individual corporation.
I am not a member of any political party.