Dr. Miles Corak, CUNY

Dr. Miles Corak is a Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, and Senior Scholar at the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Socio-economic inequality, Graduate Center, at the City University of New York. He is also an International Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. Prior to joining the Graduate Center, Dr. Corak was Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa Canada and for many years a member of the senior management at Statistics Canada, Canada’s national statistical agency. He has been a visiting researcher with the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy; the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the University of London; the Office of Population Research at Princeton University; the Russell Sage Foundation; and was a visiting professor with the Department of Economics at Harvard University. During 2017, he served as The Economist in Residence with the Canadian Federal government, supporting the Deputy Minister's office in developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and medium term reforms to Employment Insurance. Dr. Corak received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science and his M.A. in Economics from McGill University, Montreal, QC, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Queen's University, Kingston, ON.

Dr. Corak’s research focuses on social mobility, inequality, and child rights. Much of his research involves comparisons across countries and emphasizes labour markets and social policy. His work is detailed in articles published on topics dealing with child poverty, access to university education, social and economic mobility, and unemployment. His research has highlighted issues dealing with the socio-economic status of immigrants and children of immigrants, and also with comparisons in the development and well-being of children in the rich countries. Dr. Corak is working on issues dealing with social mobility in Canada and other countries, and also with the meaning and measurement of equality of opportunity.

Dr. Corak’s findings document higher inequality is associated with lower economic opportunity and have been widely cited and used by policy-makers worldwide. Top print and electronic media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and the BBC have all used Professor Corak’s research on "The Great Gatsby Curve", as has The White House.

Dr. Corak wrote regularly for The Globe and Mail blog called Economy Lab and occasionally for the PBS NEWSHOUR blog MakingSen$e. Professor Corak has edited three books; the most recent, Generational Income Mobility in North America and Europe. He is affiliated with a number of other research institutes and public policy think tanks as a research fellow or advisor, including the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn, Germany), the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (Stanford University, United States), the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (University College London, UK) the Institute for Research on Public Policy (Montreal, Canada), Canada2020 (Ottawa, Canada), and the C.D. Howe Institute (Toronto, Canada).

In 2012 Professor Corak received the “Excellence in Media Relations Award” from the University of Ottawa, and a research paper he co-authored, “Economic Mobility, Family Background, and the Well-Being of Children in Canada and the United States,” won the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s “Best Comparative Paper Award” for 2009. His “Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility,” published in the Summer 2013 issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, was awarded the Doug Purvis Memorial Prize for 2014. This is an annual award by the Canadian Economics Association “to the authors of a highly significant, written contribution to Canadian economic policy.” In 2015 he also received the Mike McCracken Award for Economic Statistics from the Canadian Economics Association.


Twitter: @MilesCorak

Blog: MilesCorak.com

Research Interests: Education; Immigration; Income; Intergenerational Mobility; Poverty; Unemployment; Inequality.

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