Prof Lars Osberg

Visiting Fellow

McCulloch Professor of Economics at Dalhousie University, Halifax


Lars Osberg is currently McCulloch Professor of Economics at Dalhousie University, Halifax, but he began life in Ottawa, Ontario.  As an undergraduate, he attended Queen’s University, Kingston and the London School of Economics and Political Science. After two years working for the Tanzania Sisal Corporation as a CUSO volunteer, he went to Yale University for his Ph.D. He has had visiting positions at Cambridge, New York University and the Universities of Sydney, New South Wales and Essex. During 2009-2010, he was Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Visiting Scholar at the Indira Ghandi Institute for Development Research. Mumbai, India. In 2014, he was Visiting Research Fellow in the Statistics Directorate, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris.

His first book was Economic Inequality in Canada, the most recent is The Economic Implications of Social Cohesion and The Age of Increasing Inequalities is forthcoming in June, 2018. In between there have been eight others and four editions of an introductory economics textbook.   He is also the author of numerous refereed articles in professional journals, book chapters, reviews, reports and miscellaneous publications. His current research emphasizes the implications of increasing inequality and the measurement and determinants of poverty, economic insecurity, inequality of opportunity and economic well-being. Among other professional responsibilities, he was President of the Canadian Economics Association in 1999-2000.