Kourtney Koebel

Kourtney Koebel

Ph.D. Candidate


Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
University of Toronto
121 St. George Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 2E8 Canada


I am currently a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto.

I am interested in labour markets and social policy, as well as poverty alleviation strategies. My current research involves evaluating the labour supply effects of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) using applied econometrics and bridging together different schools of thought on how we formally think about, and conceive of, the broad concept of “work”.

I have worked on several projects related to the basic income guarantee (BIG), including the design and financing of a BIG in Canada, as well as the political feasibility and framing of such a policy. This work includes simulating a revenue-neutral basic income and examining the static effects it could have on the poverty rate and distribution of income in Canada. I advised the federal Parliamentary Budget Office on the costing of a Canadian basic income using the Ontario BIG pilot model.


2022 (expected) Ph.D. Industrial Relations & Human Resources,
University of Toronto
2017 M.A. Political Science, University of Toronto
2016 M.A. Economics, Queen's University
2015 B.A. Honours Economics & Political Science with
Research Specialization Option (High Distinction),
Wilfrid Laurier University