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Pierre Fortin is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Quebec at Montreal, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a member of the National Statistics Council of Canada. He has published widely in Canada and abroad, mainly on unemployment and inflation, wage dynamics, fiscal and monetary policies, ageing and economic growth, unemployment insurance, minimum wage and child care policy, and Canadian economic history. He is a past president of the French Canadian Economic Association (SCSE) and of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA). He was once a member of the Economic Council of Canada, and chief economic adviser to the Quebec Premier. He has received several awards for his writings for both scholarly and public audiences. He is a father of five children.


Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Quebec, 2015.

Knight of the Order of Quebec, 2014.

Gold Medal of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Douglas Purvis Memorial Prize, Canadian Economics Association, 1997.

Innis Lecturer, Canadian Economics Association, 1991.

Relevant Publications

P. Fortin, "The Macroeconomics of Downward Nominal Wage Rigidity: A Review of the Issues and New Evidence for Canada," in K. Banting, R. Chaykowski and S. Lehrer, Eds., Thinking Outside the Box, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal, 2015.

M. Bédard and P. Fortin, "Onze propositions pour un meilleur régime d’assurance-emploi," Insight, no. 7, Institute for Research on Public Policy, July 2015.

P. Fortin, "Salaire minimum, pauvreté et emploi: à la recherche du compromis idéal," Regards sur le travail, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 73-91, Fall 2010.

P. Fortin et al, "The Sources of Unemployment in Canada, 1967-1991: Evidence from a Panel of Regions and Demographic Groups," Oxford Econ. Papers, vol. 53, pp. 67-93, Jan. 2001.

P. Fortin, "The Great Canadian Slump," Can. J. Econ., vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 761-787, Nov. 1996.


L. Godbout et al, Oser choisir maintenant. Quebec City: Laval University Press, 2007.

P. Fortin and L. Osberg, Eds., Hard Money, Hard Times. Toronto: Lorimer, 1998.

P. Fortin and E. Helpman, Endogenous Innovation and Growth. Ottawa: Industry Canada, 1995.



Advisory Committee Chair Social Interactions, Identity & Well Being


Université du Québec à MontréalDepartment of Economics


PhD (Economics) University of California at Berkeley

MSc (Mathematics) Université de Montreal

BA (Classical Humanities) Jesuit College



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