Michael C. Wolfson

Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling/Populomics, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

Michael C. Wolfson recently retired from his position as Assistant Chief Statistician, Analysis and Development, at Statistics Canada.  He was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling / Populomics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 2010.

Having completed a B.Sc. in mathematics, computer science, and economics in 1971 at the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Economics from Cambridge University in 1977, Dr. Wolfson’s areas of expertise include program review and evaluation, tax/transfer policy, pension policy, income distribution, design of health information systems, microsimulation modeling of socio-economic policy and health dynamics, and analysis of the determinants of health.

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

He has authored numerous articles on topics such as the inter-generational equity of Canada’s pension and health care systems, the design of an appropriate system of health statistics, modeling disease determinants and treatments, income inequality and polarization trends, and income inequality as determinants of population health. 

Dr. Wolfson is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a member of the International Statistical Institute. 

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