Miles Corak
Research Fellow

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Corak Miles Corak is a full professor of economics with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He has published numerous articles on topics dealing with child poverty, access to university education, intergenerational earnings and social mobility, and unemployment.

Until 2007 he was the Director of the Family and Labour Studies Division at Statistics Canada. He has also been a visiting researcher with the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence Italy in 2003/04, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies in London UK in 2008, with the Office of Population Research at Princeton University in 2011, the Russell Sage Foundation in 2013/14, and with Harvard University in 2015/16. During the 2017 calendar year he was the Economist in Residence at Employment and Social Development Canada, supporting the Deputy Minister's office in developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and medium term reforms to Employment Insurance.

Miles Corak joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2001.

His twitter handle is @MilesCorak and he blogs at
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
11005  Miles Corak
'Inequality Is the Root of Social Evil,' or Maybe Not? Two Stories about Inequality and Public Policy
(published in: Canadian Public Policy, 2016, 42 (4), 367-414)
9929  Miles Corak
Inequality from Generation to Generation: The United States in Comparison
(published in: Robert Rycroft (editor). The Economics of Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination in the 21st Century. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013 )
7520  Miles Corak
Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility
(published in: Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2013, 27 (3), 79-102)
6120  Bruce Bradbury
Miles Corak
Jane Waldfogel
Elizabeth Washbrook
Inequality during the Early Years: Child Outcomes and Readiness to Learn in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and United States
(published in: John Ermisch, Markus Jantti, and Timothy Smeeding (editors). From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage. Russell Sage Foundation, 2012.)
6072  Miles Corak
Age at Immigration and the Education Outcomes of Children
(abridged version published in: Ann Masten, Karmela Liebkind and Donald J. Hernandez (editors). Realizing the Potential of Immigrant Youth, Cambridge University Press, 2012, Ch. 4)
5593  Paul Bingley
Miles Corak
Niels C. Westergård-Nielsen
The Intergenerational Transmission of Employers in Canada and Denmark
(published in: John Ermisch, Markus Jantti, and Timothy Smeeding (editors). From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage. Russell Sage Foundation, 2012.)
4876  Miles Corak
Patrizio Piraino
Intergenerational Earnings Mobility and the Inheritance of Employers
(revised version published as: 'The Inheritance of Employers and Nonlinearities in Intergenerational Earnings Mobility.' in: Kaushik Basu and Joseph Stiglitz (editors). Inequality and Growth: Patterns and Policy. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2016, 1 - 34)
4824  Miles Corak
Darren Lauzon
Differences in the Distribution of High School Achievement: The Role of Class Size and Time-in-Term
(abridged version published in: Economics of Education Review, 2009, 28 (2), 189-198)
4819  Miles Corak
Patrizio Piraino
The Intergenerational Transmission of Employers
(slightly revised version published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2011, 29 (1), 37-68)
4814  Miles Corak
Lori Curtis
Shelley Phipps
Economic Mobility, Family Background, and the Well-Being of Children in the United States and Canada
(published in: Timothy M. Smeeding et al. (eds.), Persistence, Privilege, and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility, NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 2011. Parts also published (Miles Corak only) as 'Chasing the Same Dream, Climbing Different Ladders'. Washington: PEW Charitable Trusts, 2010)
3759  Abdurrahman Aydemir
Wen-Hao Chen
Miles Corak
Intergenerational Education Mobility among the Children of Canadian Immigrants
(published in: Canadian Public Policy, 2013, 39 (S1), S107-S122)
2085  Abdurrahman Aydemir
Wen-Hao Chen
Miles Corak
Intergenerational Earnings Mobility among the Children of Canadian Immigrants
(published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2009, 91 (2), 377 - 397)
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Miles Corak
Do Poor Children Become Poor Adults? Lessons from a Cross Country Comparison of Generational Earnings Mobility
(published in: Research on Economic Inequality, 2006, 13 (1), 143-188)
1589  Miles Corak
Christine Lietz
Holly Sutherland
The Impact of Tax and Transfer Systems on Children in the European Union
1579  Miles Corak
Principles and Practicalities for Measuring Child Poverty in the Rich Countries
(published in: International Social Security Review, 2006, 59 (2), 3-36)
1574  Wen-Hao Chen
Miles Corak
Child Poverty and Changes in Child Poverty in Rich Countries Since 1990
(revised version published in: Demography, 2008, 45 (3), 537-553)
1528  Miles Corak
Michael Fertig
Marcus Tamm
A Portrait of Child Poverty in Germany
(published in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2008, 54 (4), 547-571)
977  Miles Corak
Garth Lipps
John Zhao
Family Income and Participation in Post-Secondary Education
(published in: Charles Beach, Robin Boadway and Marvin McInnis (eds.), Higher Education in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005)
811  Miles Corak
Wen-Hao Chen
Firms, Industries, and Unemployment Insurance: An Analysis Using Employer-Employee Data
(published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2007, 26, 299-336)
184  Miles Corak
Björn Anders Gustafsson
Torun Österberg
Intergenerational Influences on the Receipt of Unemployment Insurance in Canada and Sweden
(published in: Miles Corak (ed.), Generational Income Mobility in North America and Europe. Cambridge University Press 2004)