Mohsen Javandi

Associate Professor

Office: ART 233
Phone: 250.807.9152

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Research Summary

Labour economics, applied econometrics, economics of education, economics of immigrants and minorities, economics of gender, personnel economics.

Courses & Teaching

Labour economics, econometrics, microeconomics, game theory.


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PhD Simon Fraser University

Research Interests & Projects

My research interests are varied, spanning labour economics, applied econometrics, economics of immigration, economics of education, personnel economics, and more recently the role of behavioral and ideological biases in economics. My wide research interests and my movement across different research topics are mainly driven by my continuous curiosity to examine questions that I find interesting and important to answer. However, an identifiable theme in my work is studying the outcomes of disadvantaged groups (e.g. immigrants, visible minorities, women, disadvantaged children) in society, with an eye to policy interventions that could improve these outcomes. As a social scientist, I have always tried to adopt critical thinking when I examine a question, and to maintain organized skepticism in my research inquiries.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Refereed Publications

“Job Satisfaction and Coworker Pay in Canadian Firms,” (with Brian Krauth, SFU), forthcoming, Canadian Journal of Economics.

“Moving Up or Falling Behind? Gender, Promotion, and Wages in Canada,” (with Andrew McGee, University of Alberta), forthcoming,

Industrial Relations: a Journal of Economy and Society, 58(2):189-228.

“Labour Market Mobility and Early-Career Outcomes of Young Immigrant Men,” (With Andrew McGee, University of Alberta), forthcoming, 2018, IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 8(1):20.

“Noise or News? Learning About the Content of Test-Based School Achievement Measures,” 2015, The Berkeley Electronic Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 15(3): 14147-1453. [DOWNLOAD]

“Glass Ceilings or Glass Doors? The Role of Firms in Male-Female Wage Disparities,” 2015, Canadian Journal of Economics, 48(2): 529-560. [DOWNLOAD][My presentation at the 2013 CRDCN Conference]

“Fiscal Transfers to Immigrants in Canada,” (with Krishna Pendakur, Simon Fraser University), 2014, Journal of International Migration and Integration, 15(5):777-797.

“How do school ‘report cards’ affect school choice decisions?” (with Jane Friesen, Justin Smith and Simon Woodcock), 2012, Canadian Journal of Economics, 45(2):784-807.

Working Papers

“Who Said or What Said? Estimating Ideological Bias in Views Among Economists,” (with Ha-Joon Chang, Cambridge) under review.


Canadian immigrants and training opportunities: evidence from Canadian linked employer-employee data

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Opinion editorial in the Financial Times
Article in Alternatives Economiques
Interview with UBC News


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