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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Arthur Sweetman

Arthur Sweetman

Professor, Department of Economics
Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

T: (905) 525-9140, ext. 23218

Department of Economics
Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 407
McMaster University
1280 Main Street west
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4

Arthur Sweetman is a professor in the Department of Economics where he holds the Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources and is also a member of CHEPA. Previously he was Director, School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University where he also held the Stauffer-Dunning Chair in Policy Studies. He obtained his PhD in economics at McMaster University. His research focuses primarily on empirical (econometric) approaches to economic policy issues, and he has an interest in quantitative program evaluation. Prior to returning to McMaster in 2010, his research areas were extremely broad involving, among other topics, labour market, social policy and health topics. At McMaster his primary focus is on economic and policy issues related to health human resources.


  • economic aspects of human resources and industrial relations in the health sector
  • empirical health economics and policy
  • quantitative program evaluation


Grignon, M., Owusu, Y., Sweetman, A. 2013. The International Migration of Health Professionals in The International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar; 75-97. 

Wang, C. and Sweetman, A. 2013. Gender, family status and physician labour supply. Social Science and Medicine 94: 17-25.

Cheung, K., Sweetman, A. and Thoma, A. 2012. Challenges and Strategies for Determining Workforce Requirements in Plastic Surgery. Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery 20(4): 245-48.

Cheung, K., Sweetman, A. and Thoma, A. 2012. Plastic Surgery Wait Times in Ontario: A Potential Surrogate for Workforce Demand. Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery 20(4): 229-32.Canadian Immigration: Economic Evidence for a Dynamic Policy Environment, eds. Ted McDonald, Elizabeth Ruddick, Arthur Sweetman, and Christopher Worswick (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press), 344 pages. 2010.

Pursuing Higher Education in Canada: Economic, Social and Policy Dimensions, eds. Ross Finnie, Marc Frenette, Richard E. Mueller, and Arthur Sweetman (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press), 295 pages. 2010.

Putting the evidence in evidence-based policy (with Jeffrey Smith) in Strengthening Evidence-based Policy in the Australian Federation, Volume 1: Proceedings, [Australian] Productivity Commission, Canberra, 59-101. 2010.

First and Second Generation Immigrant Educational Attainment and Labor Market Outcomes: A Comparison of the United States and Canada (with Abdurrahman Aydemir) Research in Labor Economics, 27, 215-70. 2008.

SARS in Context: Memory, History, Policy, eds. Jacalyn Duffin and Arthur Sweetman (Montreal and Kingston: McGill Queen's University Press), 206 pages. 2006.

Health Services Restructuring in Canada: New Evidence and New Directions, eds. Charles Beach, Richard Chaykowski, Sam Shortt, France St Hilaire, and Arthur Sweetman, (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press), 378 pages. 2006.


  • health economics
  • labour market economics
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