Dr. Michael Wolfson

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology and Law
University of Ottawa

Dr. Michael C. Wolfson retired from the Government of Canada in 2009, where he was the assistant chief statistician at Statistics Canada. He was then awarded a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa from 2010 to 2017.

Prior to joining Statistics Canada, Wolfson held positions in the Treasury Board Secretariat, Department of Finance, Privy Council Office, House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. He was also a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program in Population Health from 1988 to 2003.

Wolfson’s areas of expertise include program review and evaluation, tax/transfer policy, pension policy, income distribution, design of health information systems, microsimulation modelling of socio-economic policy and health dynamics, and analysis of the determinants of health.

His numerous articles have addressed topics such as assessing the inter-generational equity of Canada’s pension and health-care systems, the design of an appropriate system of health statistics, modelling disease determinants and treatments, income inequality and polarization trends, and income and income inequality as determinants of population health.

Wolfson earned his BSc in mathematics, computer science and economics at the University of Toronto and his PhD in economics at the University of Cambridge. Wolfson is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a member of the International Statistical Institute.

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