Ather Akbari

Full Professor
Program Coordinator, Masters in Applied Economics
Chair, Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity

Sobey School of Business
Economics

Faculty Member Information

Interests

Labour Economics (including Immigration Economics and Education Economics), Health Economics

Education

Ph.D., Economics, Simon Fraser University, 1988
M.A., Economics, Simon Fraser University, 1982

Academic Work Experience

2006 - Present, Professor of Economics, Saint Mary's University
1988 - 1989, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Victoria

Membership

1989 - Present, Canadian Economics Association

Honours

Saint Mary's University Senate Research Grants Saint Mary's University, Halifax - 1991
President's Research Grant Simon Fraser University - 1986
President's Research Grant Simon Fraser University - 1982
Gold Medal University of Karachi - 1977

Teaching: Course / Program Development

1989/01 - 2014/04, Teaching as Visiting/ Adjunct Professor at various universities
1988/03 - Present, Teaching at Saint Mary's University
1987/03 - 1988/03, University of Victoria

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

Akbari Ather. (2015)"Social Transformation in Rural Canada: Community, Culture and Collective Action (edited by John R. Parkins and Maureen G. Reed)", Social Transformation in Rural Canada: Community, Culture and Collective Action, Canadian Studies in Population 42:3-4, 77-79
Akbari Ather. (2003)"Book Review: Macroeconomics by Parkin, M. and Bade, R.", Macroeconomics
Akbari Ather. (2003)"Book Review: Modern Labour Economics by Ehrenberg and Smith ", Modern Labour Economics (Canadian Edition)
Akbari Ather. (2003)"Book Review: Macroeconomics by Mankiw, J.", Macroeconomics (Canadian edition)
Akbari Ather. (2000)"Book Review: Microeconomics by McConnell and Pope", Microeconomics
Akbari Ather. (1994)"Book Review : Economics of Earnings and Employment by C.Bruce", Economics of Earnings and Employment, 2nd edition
Akbari Ather. (1994)"Book Review: Environmental Economics by N.Olewiler (Canadian adoption)", Environmental Economics by B.Field
Akbari Ather. (1992)"Book Review: Economics by R.Waud, Harper & Row", Economics (Canadian Edition)

Book

Akbari Ather. "Immigrants in Regional Labour Markets of Host Nations: Some Evidence from Atlantic Canada" (Spring - 2013)
Akbari Ather, Rankaduwa Wimal. "Immigration in Small Urban Centres of Canada: Vibrant Communities of Atlantic Canada" (Spring - 2011)

Book Chapters

Akbari Ather. (2009). "Immigrant Naturalization and its Impacts on Immigrant Labour Market Performance and Treasury ", The Economics of Citizenship , 127-154
Akbari Ather. (2002). "Economic Integration of Canada and the United States: A Survey of Social, Cultural and Political Issues", America in the 21st Century

Journal Articles

Akbari Ather, Aydede Yigit. "Economic Benefits of Studying Economics in Canada: A Comparison of Wages of Economics Majors with those in other Disciplines Circa 2005", Canadian Journal of Higher Education 45:4 (Fall - 2015), 143-165
Akbari Ather. "Human Resource Deficit in Atlantic Canada: A challenge for Regional Economics Development ", Journal of International Migration and Integration 16:2 (Spring - 2015), 225-236
Akbari Ather, MacDonald Martha. "Immigration Policy in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and United States: An Overview of Recent Trends", International Migration Review 48:3 (Spring - 2014), 801-822
Akbari Ather, Aydede Yigit. "Effects of Immigration on House Prices in Canada", Applied Economics 44:13-15 (Spring - 2012), 1645-1658
Akbari Ather, Aydede Yigit. "Are the Educational Credentials of Immigrants and Native-born Perfect Substitutes in Canadian Labour Markets: A Production Function Analysis", Education Economics 21:5 (Winter - 2012), 485-502
Akbari Ather. "Labour Market Performance of Immigrants in Smaller Regions of Western Countries: Some Evidence from Atlantic Canada", Journal of International Migration and Integration/ Revue de l'integration et de la migration internationale 12:2 (Spring - 2011), 133-154
Akbari Ather, Hyder Shabir. "Emigration and Trade in a developing country: some evidence from Pakistan", Asia-Pacific Development Journal 18:2 (Winter - 2011), 57-78
Akbari Ather, Rankaduwa Wimal, Kiani K.. "Demand for Public Health Care in Pakistan", Pakistan Development Review 8:2 (Summer - 2009), 141-154
Akbari Ather, Mandale Maurice. "A Survey of Selected Presentations of the Conference on Immigration and Out-migration: Atlantic Canada at a Crossroads", Canadian Ethnic Studies 27:3 (Spring - 2005), 150-154
Gagnon A., A. Akbari. "Conceptual Clarity in International Collaboration: A point of departure for policy-related research on discrimination.", Journal of International Migration and Integration 6 (Spring - 2005), 132-137

Presentation

Akbari Ather. "Labour Market Performance of Immigrants in Atlantic Canada", Webinar, Leadership Roundtable on Immigration (Spring - 2012)
Akbari Ather. "Labour Market Performance of Immigrants in Atlantic Canada", Canadian Economics Association meeting (Spring - 2011)
Akbari Ather. "Labour Market Performance of Immigrants in Atlantic Canada and the Rest of Canada", National Metropolis Conference (Spring - 2011)
Akbari Ather. "Labour Market Performance of Immigrants in Atlantic Canada and in the Province of Ontario", Leslie Harris Centre, Atlantic Metropolis Centre and Association of New Canadians (Winter - 2011)
Akbari Ather. "Why do Immigrants earn more than non-immigrants in Halifax but not in Toronto", International Metropolis Conference (Fall - 2010)
Akbari Ather. "Immigration and House Prices in Canada", Canadian Economics Association Meeting (Spring - 2009)
Akbari Ather. "Sustainability of immigrants and native born within an education group", Canadian Economics Association Meeting (Spring - 2009)
Akbari Ather. "New Destinations of Immigrants in Canada", 12th National Metropolis Conference (Spring - 2009)
Akbari Ather. "Immigration Attraction and Retention in Smaller Areas of Canada: Some evidence from Atlantic Canada", Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (Workshop organized by Chatham-Kent Cultural Coalition) (Winter - 2009)
Akbari Ather. "Immigrant Naturalization in the United States", 9th National Metropolis conference (Spring - 2006)
Akbari A.. "Educational Attainment and Earnings of Immigrants in Canada", Institute of Research on Public Policy meeting (Spring - 2002)
Akbari A.. "The Impact of Educational Quality on Returns to Education in Pakistan ", Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Meeting (Winter - 2001)
Akbari A., Muhammed Naeem. "Educational Quality and Educational Returns in a Developing Country: Some Evidence from Pakistan", Canadian Economics Association meetings (Winter - 2000)

Conference Proceedings

Akbari Ather, Rankaduwa Wimal. "Inflation Targeting in a Small Emerging Market Economy", State Bank of Pakistan Research Bulletin Papers and Proceedings (2007 - 2007)

Other Publications

Akbari Ather. "Propensity to Naturalize and its impact on Labour Market Performance and Public Coffers in the United States of America"
Vancouver Centre of Excellence (Spring - 2007)

Service: Institutional Committees

University Review Committee on tenure and Promotions, 2009/03 - None (Member)
Departmental Committee on Master of Applied Economics program development, 1999/03 - None (Chair)
Senate's Academic Standing Committee, 1993/03 - 1995/03 (Member)
Development Committee of Economics Department , 1992/03 - None (Member)
Economics Department's library acquisitions committee, 1989/03 - 1990/03 (Member)
Departmental Committee setup for review of Part-time Faculty, 1989/03 - 1990/03 (Member)
Departmental Committee for Audio/Visual Service, 1988/03 - 1989/03 (Member)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Chair , Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity 2014/03 - Present
Chair , Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity 2008/03 - Present
Co-chair of Economics and labour market integration domain, Atlantic Metropolis Centre 2003/03 - 2011/03
Co-chair, Atlantic Metropolis Centre 2003/03 - 2011/03
Reviewer, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 1999/03 - Present
Reviewer Mansucripts, Aid to Scholarly Publications Program at the McGill- Queen's University Press 1999/03 - 1999/03
Reviewer (articles), Various Journals 1987/03 - Present

Service: Community

Citation in a White House document : Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits of Providing a Pathway to Earned Citizenship, The Executive Office of the President (U.S), The White House 2012/03 - 2012/03
Member, Autism Society of Nova Scotia 1999/03 - Present