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Prof. Paul Makdissi

Paul Makdissi is a professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Ottawa. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality. Previously he has held positions at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands). His main research areas are socioeconomic health inequality measurement, the distributive impact of taxation and public pricing, and income inequality measurement. He is the president of the Association for Social Economics for 2022. He was the president of the Société canadienne de science économique (the French Canadian economics association) for the 2021-2022 academic year. From 2017 to 2019, he was the thematic leader for the Equity and Inclusive Growth research theme for the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran, and Turkey. He has also been a consultant for many federal and provincial ministries and agencies in Canada, the World Bank, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

Doctorate, Université Laval
Current or most recent Employer

Professor of Economics

University of Ottawa
Time in Post - 17

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, State of Palestine,

Disciplinary or professional background


Contact Info


Department of Economics University of Ottawa 120 University (9008) Ottawa, Ontario Cada, K1N 6N5
Social Media

@pmakdissi (Twitter)

Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Inequality ( 25 years )

Poverty or deprivation reduction ( 23 years )

Poverty or deprivation measurement ( 25 years )

Public Policy ( 22 years )

Family policy

Health policy ( 10 years )

Taxation ( 25 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Poverty/deprivation reduction

Poverty/deprivation measurement


Gender equality

Health policy (Including health insurance)

Social safety nets


Public finance


Academic publications

Academic conferences
I present my work at academic conferences every year. Below are the keynote talks that I have given at such conferences: 61ème Congrès annuel de la Société canadienne de science économique, May 2022 (Montréal, Canada), Discours présidentiel: Stratification, classe sociale à la naissance et égalité des opportunités 10ème Colloque international du laboratoire PS2D, April 2019, (Hammamet, Tunisia), Disparités socioéconomiques dans la privation d’opportunités économiques en Égypte. Annual Meeting of the Economics Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey, July 2018 (Cairo, Egypt), Subsidies Reforms and Social Justice. VIII Symposium Capital Humano, Crecimiento, Pobreza, Problemática Mexicana, October 2006 (Monterrey, Mexico), Pro-poor food taxation and subsidy reforms in Mexico.

Policy Reports