Martha MacDonald

Full Professor
Sobey School of Business
Economics

Faculty Member Information

Education

Ph.D., Economics, Boston College, 1983
M.A., Economics, Boston College, 1975
B.A., Economics, Dalhousie University , 1971

Academic Work Experience

1996 - 1997, Public Policy Fellow, Radcliffe Public Policy Institute, Radcliffe College
1991 - 1999, Coordinator Women's Studies Program (Undergraduate/ Graduate), Saint Mary's University
1990 - 1992, Director Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies, Saint Mary's University
1990 - 1991, Co-Director, Summer Institute on Gender and Development (SIGAD), Saint Mary's/Dalhousie Universities
1989 - 1989, Visiting Scholar, Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge
1982 - Present, Full Professor, Economics, Saint Mary's University
1981 - 1982, Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Mount Saint Vincent University
1975 - 1981, Research Associate, Principal Investigator, Marginal Work World Project, Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University

Honours

John Vanderkaamp Prize for the best paper published in Canadian Public Policy in 2001 The Canadian Economics Association - 2002

Teaching: Course / Program Development

1981/03 - Present, Courses taught at Saint Mary's University

Scholarly Contributions

Book Chapters

MacDonald Martha. (2018). "Organizing Site Visits: Methodological Considerations", Creative Team Work: Developing Rapid, Site-Switching Ethnography
MacDonald Martha, Daly Tamara, Armstrong Pat, Baines Donna. (2015). "Vignettes of Promising Practices in Long Term Care: Nova Scotia.", Promising Practices in Long Term Care: Ideas Worth Sharing
MacDonald Martha, Chivers Sally, Baines Donna, Armstrong Pat. (2015). "Vignettes of Promising Practices in Long Term Care: United Kingdom", Promising Practices in Long Term Care: Ideas Worth Sharing
MacDonald Martha, Sinclair Peter, Walsh Deatra. (2012). "Labour Migration and Mobility in Newfoundland: Social Transformation and Community in Three Rural Areas", The Social Transformation of Rural Canada: New Insights into Community, Culture and Citizenship, 110-130
MacDonald Martha. (2012). "Policy Directions for the Social Economy in Atlantic Canada", Atlantic Canada’s Social Economy: Communities, Economies, and Solidarity, 187-192
MacDonald Martha, Myers Jan. (2012). "Looking for the 'policy window': the social economy and public policy agenda in Atlantic Canada", Canadian Public Policy and the Social Economy, 263-283
MacDonald Martha. (2009). "Introduction: Gender and the Concept of Precarious Employment", Gender and the Contours of Precarious Employment, 1-25
MacDonald Martha. (2009). "Women and EI: The First Decade", Women and Public Policy in Canada: Neo-Liberalism and After, 65-86
MacDonald Martha. (2009). "Income Security for Women: What About Employment Insurance", Public Policy for Women in Canada: The State, Income Security and Labour Market Issues, , 251-270
MacDonald Martha. (2009). "Spatial Dimensions of Gendered Precariousness: Challenges for Comparative Analysis", Gender and the Contours of Precarious Employment, 211-226
Ommer Rosemary, Turner Nancy, MacDonald Martha, Sinclair Peter. (2007). "Food Security and the Informal Economy", Resetting the Kitchen Table: Food Security, Culture, Health and Resilience in Coastal Communities, Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Press, 115-127
MacDonald Martha, Neis Barbara, Grzetic Brenda. (2006). "Making a Living: The Struggle to Stay", Power and Restructuring: Canada's Coastal Society and Environment , 187-208
MacDonald Martha. (2005). "Lessons and Linkages: Building a Framework for Analyzing the Relationships between Gender, Globalization and the Fisheries", Changing Tides: Gender, Fisheries and Globalization
MacDonald Martha. (2004). "The Crisis in Rural Labour Markets: Failures and Challenges for Regulation", Challenging the Market: The Struggle to Regulate Work and Income
MacDonald Martha. (2003). "Feminist Economics: From Theory to Research", Women and Economy: A Reader
MacDonald Martha. (2000). "Economic History, Canada", Elgar Companion to Feminist Economics
MacDonald Martha, Connelly Patricia, Parpart Jane, Li Tania. (2000). "Feminism and Development: Theoretical Perspectives", Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Development, 51-160

Journal Articles

MacDonald Martha, Akbari Ather. "Human Capital Valuation of Immigrants in Smaller Regions of Western Countries: Some Evidence from Atlantic Canada", Journal of Population Economics (Fall - 2017)
MacDonald Martha, Harrington Charlene, Armstrong Hugh, Havig Anders, Jacobsen Frode, Panos Justin, Pearsall Kathy, Pollock Allyson, Ross Leslie. "Nursing home financial transparency and accountability in four locations", Aging International 41:1 (Winter - 2016), 17–39
MacDonald Martha. "Regulating Individual Charges for Long-Term Residential Care in Canada", Studies in Political Economy 95 (Spring - 2015)
MacDonald Martha, Akbari Ather. "Immigration Policy in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States: An overview of recent trends", International Migration Review 48:3 (Spring - 2014), 801-822
MacDonald Martha, Myers Jan. "Reciprocal Relationships: The Role of Government and the Social Economy in the Co-Construction of Social Policy in Atlantic Canada", Canadian Public Policy 40:1 (Spring - 2014), S17-S25
MacDonald Martha. "Gender and Social Security Policy: Pitfalls and Possibilities", Feminist Economics Volume I: Feminism, Economics and Well-being 1 (Spring - 2011), 1-25
MacDonald Martha, Neis Barbara, Murray Grant. "State Policy, Livelihood Protection and Gender on Canada's East Coast", International Journal of Canadian Studies 38 (Spring - 2009), 149-180
MacDonald Martha, Sinclair Peter, Neis Barbara. "The Changing World of Andy Gibson: Restructuring Forestry on Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula", Studies in Political Economy 78 (Spring - 2006), 177-199
MacDonald Martha. "Women's Studies in Focus", Atlantis 31:1 (Spring - 2006)
MacDonald Martha, Phipps Shelley, Lethbridge Lynn. "Total Packages of Work: Why do Women in Atlantic Canada Report More Hours?", Atlantis 30:1 (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Martha, Phipps Shelley, Lethbridge Lynn. "Taking its Toll: The Influence of Paid and Unpaid Work on Women's Well-Being", Feminist Economics 11:1 (Winter - 2005), 63-94
MacDonald Martha, McMullan John, Perrier David. "Gambling Households in Canada", Journal of Gambling Studies 20:3 (Spring - 2004)
MacDonald Martha. "Gender, Labour Markets and Welfare States", Review of Income and Wealth 50:3 (Spring - 2004)
MacDonald M.. "Lessons and Linkages: Building an Analysis of Gender, Globalization and the Fisheries", Women and Environments International (Spring - 2002)
MacDonald Martha, MacPhail Fiona, Phipps Shelley. "Gender Equity within Families versus Better Targetting: An Assessment of the Family Income Supplement to Employment Insurance Benefits", Canadian Public Policy XXVII :4 (Spring - 2001), 423-446
MacDonald Martha. "Restructuring, Gender and Social Security Reform in Canada", Journal of Canadian Studies 34:2 (Spring - 1999), 57-88
MacDonald Martha. "Gender and Social Security Policy: Pitfalls and Possibilities", Feminist Economics 4:1 (Spring - 1998), 1-25

Presentation

MacDonald Martha. "Fee structures for publicly-funded long-term residential care in Canada: Implications for equity and financial well-being", Global Carework Summit (Spring - 2017)
MacDonald Martha. "Size Matters: Issues of Scale in Long Term Care", International Association for Feminist Economics conference (Spring - 2016)
MacDonald Martha. "Presentation on the findings of a site visit on immigration policy in Sweden and Denmark.", Leaders Roundtable on Immigration conference (Winter - 2016)
MacDonald Martha, Neis Barb, Sinclair Peter. "Deciphering the Discourse: Labour Shortage, Skill Mismatch and Employment-related Geographical Mobility in Canada", International Association for Feminist Economics conference (Summer - 2015)
MacDonald Martha. "Comparative Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Precarious Work", Launch of the Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database (Winter - 2015)
MacDonald Martha. "Employment Insurance and Employment Related Geographical Mobility" (Winter - 2015)
MacDonald Martha. "Cost of Facility Based Long Term Care: Variations across provinces/territories and implications", Sobey School of Business seminar (Winter - 2015)
MacDonald M. "The Economist as Ethnographer: Long-term Residential Care from the Inside", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 2014)
MacDonald M. "Cost of Facility Based Long Term Care: Variations across provinces/territories and implications", Health Canada workshop on long term care (Spring - 2014)
MacDonald M. "Economics of Gender as a Growing Research Area", SSB Brown Bag Lunch series (Spring - 2014)
MacDonald M. "Regulating individual charges for long-term residential care in Canada", Do Regulations Make it Harder to Care? (Spring - 2013)
MacDonald Martha, Sinclair Peter, Walsh Deatra. "Rebuilding Livelihoods in Fisheries Communities of the West Coast of Newfoundland", People and the Sea VII conference (Spring - 2013)
MacDonald M. "Regulating individual charges for long-term residential care in Canada", Progressive Economists Forum, Canadian Economics Association Conference (Spring - 2013)
MacDonald Martha. "Individual Costs for Long Term Residential Care: Deciphering the Differences", Seminar Presentation (Fall - 2012)
MacDonald Martha, Sinclair Peter, Walsh Deatra. "Rebuilding Livelihoods in Fisheries Communities of the West Coast of Newfoundland", International Symposium on Rebuilding Collapsed Fisheries and Threatened Communities (Fall - 2012)
MacDonald Martha, Panos Justin. "Financing of Long-term Residential Care", International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) annual conference (Spring - 2012)
MacDonald Martha. "Recent Trends in Immigration and Citizenship Policies of Canada and Europe", Economics and Labour Market Integration research Domain of the Atlantic Metropolis Centre (Spring - 2011)
MacDonald Martha. "Feminist Economics and Policy Research: Micro and Macro Applications", Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (Spring - 2011)
MacDonald Martha, Sinclair Peter, Walsh Deatra. "Labour Migration and Mobility in Newfoundland, Canada: Social Transformation and Gender in Three Rural Areas", IAFFE conference (Spring - 2011)
MacDonald Martha, Reniers Graeme. "Overview of Policy Research, Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network Atlantic Node", Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) (Spring - 2010)
MacDonald Martha. "Global Value Chains and Local Fisheries: The Value of a Gender Lens", Global Value Chains Workshop (Spring - 2010)
MacDonald Martha. "Public Policy and the Social Economy: Lessons from Atlantic Canada", International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) Conference (Spring - 2010)
MacDonald Martha, Reniers Graeme. "Overview of Policy Research, Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network ", CCPA-NS Visioning 2020 Policy Alternatives for Nova Scotia (Spring - 2009)
MacDonald M., Vosko Leah, Campbell Iain. "Gender and the Concept of Precarious Employment", International Association for Feminist Economics conference (Spring - 2009)
MacDonald Martha. "Income Security for Women: What about Employment Insurance?", Emergency Responses: Human, National, Global (In)Security (Winter - 2008)
MacDonald Martha. "Spatial Dimensions of Gendered Precarity: Challenges for Comparative Work", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 2008)
MacDonald Martha. "Spatial Dimensions of Gendered Precarity: Challenges for Comparative Work", Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment: Developing Common Understandings across Space, Scale, and Social Location (Spring - 2007)
MacDonald Martha. "EI and Work-Life Balance", Gender and Work-Family Conflict: What Do We Know - What Do We Need to Know? (Spring - 2007)
MacDonald Martha. "Women and EI in Canada: The First Decade", Women and Public Policy, Post Neo-Liberalism? (Spring - 2006)
MacDonald Martha. "Women and EI in Canada: The First Decade", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 2006)
MacDonald Martha, Phipps Shelley, Lethbridge Lynn. "Work/Life Balance and Vulnerable Workers", European Association of Management (EURAM) Conference (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Martha, Neis Barb, Murray Grant. "State Policy, Livelihood Protection and Gender in Coastal Communities", People and the Sea III Conference, MARE (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Martha, Neis Barb, Murray Grant. "State Policy, Livelihood Protection and Gender in Coastal Communities", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Martha. "Challenging the Income Security/Labour Market Nexus for Women", Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women's Economic Security Needs (Fall - 2005)
MacDonald Martha. "Rural Perspectives on Health Care", Roundtable on Health Care Reform, Canadian Political Science Association Meetings (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald Martha, Neis Barb, Grzetic Brenda. "Getting By in a Very Fragile World: Household Livelihood 'Strategies' and Gender", XI World Congress of Rural Sociology (Summer - 2004)
MacDonald Martha, Phipps Shelley, Lethbridge Lynn. "Total Packages of Work: Why Do Women in Atlantic Canada Report More Hours?", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 2004)
MacDonald Martha, Neis Barb, Grzetic Brenda. "Getting By in a Very Fragile World: Household Livelihood 'Strategies' and Gender", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Summer - 2004)
MacDonald Martha. "Developing a Rural/Gender Lens", Gender and Work: Knowledge Production in Practice (Fall - 2004)
MacDonald Martha, Phipps Shelley, Lethbridge Lynn. "Taking its Toll: Implications of Paid and Unpaid Work Responsibilities for Women's Well-Being", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 2003)
MacDonald M., Neis B., Grzetic B. "Restructuring the Work in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 2003)
MacDonald Martha, Neis Barb, Grzetic Brenda. "Restructuring the Work in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador", Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association meetings (Spring - 2003)
MacDonald Martha. "Securing Livelihoods", Transforming Security/Securing Transformation (Winter - 2003)
MacDonald Martha, Phipps Shelley, Lethbridge Lynn. "Taking its Toll: Implications of Paid and Unpaid Work Responsibilities for Women's Well-Being", Canadian Economics Association Conference (Spring - 2003)
MacDonald Martha. "Underemployment as a Measure of Labour Market Well-Being: How Good are Cross Country Comparisons?", Constructing a New Cross-National Architecture of Labor Market Statistics (Fall - 2002)
MacDonald Martha. "Public Policy and Women's Economic Security and Well-Being in Coastal Communities: The Impact of EI", Women in Atlantic Fishing Communities (Fall - 2002)
MacDonald Martha. "Underemployment as a Measure of Labour Market Well-Being: How Good are Cross Country Comparisons?", Constructing a New Cross-National Architecture of Labour Market Statistics (Spring - 2002)
MacDonald M.. "Feminist Political Economy and Economics", Feminist Political Economy and the Law: Revitalizing the Debate (Winter - 2001)
MacDonald Martha. "Gender, Globalization and Fisheries", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 2001)
MacDonald Martha. "The Crisis in Rual Labour Markets: Failures and Challenges for Regulation", Challenging the Market: The Struggle to Regulate Work and Income (Spring - 2001)
MacDonald Martha. "Gender, Globalization and Fisheries Workers and Communities", Gender, Globalization and Fisheries Workshop (Spring - 2000)
MacDonald Martha, Phipps Shelley, MacPhail Fiona. "From UI to EI: Impact of Changes to Low Income Supplements", International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 1999)
MacDonald Martha, Phipps Shelley, MacPhail Fiona. "Impact of the Family Income Supplement", CERF Workshop on Employment Insurance (Winter - 1999)
MacDonald M.. "Rethinking Labour Adjustment Policy", Out of the Margin/International Association for Feminist Economics Conference (Spring - 1998)
MacDonald Martha. "Gender Issues in Social Security Policy", World Bank workshop: Maternity, Child Care, Social Insurance adn the Labour Market (Spring - 1998)
MacDonald Martha. "Fair Wages and Participation in the Labour Market", Topshee Conference on ``Pursuing a Just Economy`` (Spring - 1988)

Editorial Work

MacDonald Martha, Cranney Brenda, Leach Belinda, Martz Diane, Pedersen Karen, Reed Maureen, Side Katherine. (Ed.) (2000) Rural Women in Canada.
MacDonald Martha, Cranney Brenda, Leach Belinda, Martz Diane, Pedersen Karen, Reed Maureen, Side Katherine. (Ed.) (2000) Rural Women in Canada.
MacDonald Martha, Cranney Brenda, Leach Belinda, Martz Diane, Pedersen Karen, Reed Maureen, Side Katherine. (Ed.) (2000) Rural Women in Canada.

Other Publications

MacDonald Martha, Poff Deborah, Michaelos Alex. "Gender and social security"
Encyclopedia on Business and Professional Ethics (Spring - 2018)
MacDonald Martha. "EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT IN THE FISHING INDUSTRY AND OTHER RELEVANT SECTORS"
Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (Fall - 2017)
MacDonald Martha. "Cost of facility-based long-term care: Variations across provinces/territories and implications"
Health Canada (Spring - 2014)
MacDonald M., Reniers G.. "Policy Threads Report"
Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network Project 1.7 Policy Threads Inventory and Analysis July 2011. (Spring - 2011)
MacDonald M., Phipps S. "Reflections on Seasonal Economies/Work"
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (Spring - 2005)
MacDonald M., Phipps S., Lethbridge L. "Employment Insurance (EI) and Work/Life Balance"
Evaluation and Data Development, Human Resources Skills Development Canada (Spring - 2004)
MacDonald Martha. "Economics: Feminist Critique"
Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women's Issues and Knowledge (Spring - 2001)
MacDonald M., Phipps S., MacPhail F. "Impact on the Family Income Supplement"
Human Resources Development Canada, Strategic Evaluation and Monitoring Directorate (Spring - 2000)
MacDonald M., Perrier David, McMullan John. "A Convenience Model of Gaming and its Social Effects in Nova Scotia"
Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority (Winter - 1999)
MacDonald M., Perrier David, McMullan John. "Consumer Income/Expenditure Patterns and Gambling in Nova Scotia"
Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority (Spring - 1999)

Service: Institutional Committees

Executive Committee, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, 2008/03 - None (Member)
Ph.D. Council, Sobey School of Business, 2006/03 - 2016/02 (Member)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Member, Technical Working Group (TWG) 2013/03 - 2013/03
Member, Long-Term Health Care Services Survey Expert Advisory Group, Statistics Canada 2013/03 - 2013/03
Member of the Editorial Board, Feminist Economics (Journal of the International Association for Feminist Economics) 2011/03 - Present
Member of Editorial Board, Studies in Political Economy 1997/03 - 2011/03
Associate Editor, Feminist Economics (Journal of the International Association for Feminist Economics) 1996/03 - 2011/03

Service: Community

Member, Advisory Council on Early Years, Government of Nova Scotia 2011/03 - 2015/02