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An Introduction to the Canadian Labour Market, 2nd Edition

By Drost/Hird
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Hardbound Book
ISBN-10: 0176224610
ISBN-13: 9780176224615
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 2nd

An Introduction to the Canadian Labour Market is designed for prospective human resource professionals. The text avoids the highly sophisticated statistical techniques that have come to characterize the field over the last two decades. Concepts are presented in non-technical language without relying on mathematical equations. Four goals define the book’s practical approach: 1) to inform the reader about major trends and developments in the Canadian labour market; 2) provide explanation for these real-world developments and labour market outcomes; 3) show why economists sometimes disagree; and 4) teach the reader to apply labour market theory to analyses of current events and labour policy issues.


  • Updates that incorporate recent census data and changes in government legislation.
  • Appendix A: Some Basic Economic Concept will be incorporated into an expanded Chapter 2
  • Each chapter will include a feature box entitled Labour Market Issue that references timely, relevant real-world issues written by the author or adapted from outside sources.
  • Each chapter will include web icons in the margin relating to web addresses to be provided at the end of chapters. Web addresses will appear at end of chapter with page reference.
  • Each chapter will include the following end of chapter material: Summary, Key Terms list, Exercises, Discussion Questions,Using the Internet web exercise, and References.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Chapter 2 Overview of the Labour Market
  • Chapter 3 Institutional Aspects of the Labour Market
  • Chapter 4 Growth of the Canadian Labour Force
  • Chapter 5 Employment
  • Chapter 6 Unemployment
  • Chapter 7 Trends in Labour Compensation
  • Chapter 8 Labour Market Decisions of Households
  • Chapter 9 Labour Market Decisions of Firms
  • Chapter 10 Wage Rate and Employment Determination
  • Chapter 11 Wage Rate Differentials
  • Chapter 12 Education, Training and Earning Differentials

Author Information

Helmar Drost

Dr. Helmar Drost is Professor of Economics and Social and Political Thought at York University. He received a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Cologne in 1965 and a Ph. D. in economics from the University of Bochum in 1968. He joined the faculty at York University in 1969 after a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. He has held appointments as Full Professor at the Technical University of Berlin, as Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto at Scarborough and the University of Konstanz, and as director of York's Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought. He has acted as consultant to the federal governments of Canada and Germany. Dr. Drost has taught introductory and advanced courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, labour economics, the economics of education, and the business cycle and growth theory. His research has primarily been in the areas of labour economics and macroeconomics. His current research focuses on labour market outcomes in Canada, in particular unemployment and income of minority groups, and the links between the educational system and the labour market. He is the author of two books on social policy and growth theory as well as numerous articles in professional journals in Europe and North America.

Rick Hird

Mr. Hird is a Professor of Economics and Statistics in the Business School at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in economics at the University of Windsor, where he specialized in labour economics. Prior to joining Durham College in 1977, he was an economist with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the Canada Department of Manpower and Immigration. Mr. Hird has helped draft legislation in the area of employment standards, written research reports on the labour market, and evaluated government initiatives in the labour market. Mr. Hird has taught at Atkinson College, York University and currently teaches part-time for Trent University. He is the author of an introductory economics text (Working with Economics, Seventh Edition) and the co-author of introductory business statistics text (Understanding Business Statistics). He is an examiner and course author for the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada and an examiner for the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.