Wayne Simpson is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the London School of Economics. His areas of specialization include labour economics, urban and regional economics, applied microeconomics, quantitative methods and social policy. He is the author of three books more than 60 refereed articles in peer-reviewed economics and policy journals as well as numerous technical and research reports, book chapters, and other articles. He received the 2014 Mike McCracken Award for Economic Statistics from the Canadian Economics Association and the 1999 John Vanderkamp prize for the best article in Canadian Public Policy. His recent research interests include redistributive tax policies, provincial finances, and the impact of social assistance.