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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
April 26, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Bill Marr

Dr. William Marr

Professor Emeritus of Economics

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Academic Background
BA (McMaster University), MA (University of Western Ontario), PhD (University of Western Ontario)

Bill Marr is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics. He has instructed courses at McMaster University and the University of Western Ontario, as well as at Wilfrid Laurier University. He graduated with a PhD in Economics in 1973 from the University of Western Ontario, writing a thesis on the economic impact of immigration to Canada, 1950 to 1967. His current teaching includes Canadian economic history, research methodology (how to do a piece of empirical research in economics), and intermediate macroeconomics. He has published journal articles, reports, and books in the fields of Canadian economic history, population economics, economic methodology, agricultural history, labour studies, interprovincial labour migration, international migration, and consumer studies. His research has emphasised either Canadian economic demography or Canadian economic history in the 19th and 20th centuries. His current research interests include the interprovincial and inter-CMA migration of the near-elderly and the elderly in Canada, the usage of employment insurance by the foreign-born in Canada, and Canada's economic history since 1967.

As Chair of the University Research Ethics Board, Bill ensures that Laurier's ethics policy on research with human participants conforms to all applicable external guidelines. In addition, he:

  • chairs meetings of the Research Ethics Board;
  • reviews all ethics applications that are sent to the Research Ethics Board; and
  • represents the Research Ethics Board at Laurier and externally on matters related to research that involves human participants.


Canadian economic history, 19th-century Ontario agricultural economic history, interprovincial and international labour migration