Mikal Skuterud

Research Fellow

University of Waterloo

Mikal Skuterud is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Waterloo. He is also a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and is aliated with the Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF).

He received his Master's degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University.

Prior to taking his current position, he was employed as a Senior Economist in the Family and Labour Studies Division at Statistics Canada in Ottawa.

His research interests include: the labour market integration of immigrants, labour market policies that influence hours of work, and the economics of trade unions. His work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Canadian Journal of Economics, and and has received national media coverage in the New York Times and the Globe and Mail.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2017.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11344

We examine data from Australia, Canada, and the U.S. to inform the potential for immigrant screening policies to influence the labour market performance of skilled immigrants. Our estimates point to improvements in employment rates and weekly earnings of male university-educated immigrants in all three countries concomitant with skilled immigration policy...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10699
Zong Jia Chen, Mikal Skuterud

Canada is increasingly looking to international students as a source of postsecondary tuition revenues and new immigrants. By 2014, international students accounted for 10% of graduates from Canadian postsecondary institutions, up from 3% in 2000, and 11% of new permanent residents, up from 7% in 2010. This article compares the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10689

We examine the effect of changes in skilled-immigrant population shares in 98 Canadian cities between 1981 and 2006 on per capita patents. The Canadian case is of interest because its 'points system' for selecting immigrants is viewed as a model of skilled immigration policy. Our estimates suggest unambiguously smaller beneficial...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 613
published in: American Economic Review, 2004, 94 (1), 218-232

After decades of stability, the technologies used by workers to locate new jobs began to change rapidly with the diffusion of internet access in the late 1990’s. Which types of persons incorporated the internet into their job search strategy, and did searching for work on line help these workers find...