Dr. Donna Feir

Dr. Donna Feir
Assistant Professor



On leave

Office: BEC 380

Donna Feir completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in October 2013. Her work focuses on Indigenous policy, the historical legacies of colonialism, Indigenous wage and health disparities and applied econometrics.


  • Labour economics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Aboriginal policy

Research projects

  • The Long Term Effects of Indian Residential Schools
  • The Decline of the American Bison, Land, Treaties and Growth


  • ECON 203, Intermediate Microeconomics I
  • ECON 313, Intermediate Microeconomics II

Selected publications

  • "Indian Residential Schools, Height, and Body Mass Post-1930" (with M. Chris Auld). Canadian Journal of Economics (forthcoming). 
  • "Introduction of Formal Child Care Services in Inuit Communities and Labour Force Outcomes" (with Jasmin Thomas). Canadian Public Policy (December 2019, Volume 45, Issue 4). 
  • "First People Lost: The State of Status First Nations Mortality in Canada using Administrative Data" (with Randall Akee). Journal of Economics (May 2019, Volume 52, Issue 2). 
  • "Size, Structure, and Change: Exploring the Sources of Aboriginal Earnings Gaps in 1995 and 2005," Canadian Public Policy (2013, Volume 32, Number 2, pp 309-334)
  • “Weak Identification in Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Designs.” (with Vadim Marmer and Thomas Lemieux). Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. (April 2016, Volume 34, Number 2, pp. 185-196. [Posted online April 2015])
  • “The Long Term Effects of Forcible Assimilation Policy: The Case of Indian Boarding Schools,” Canadian Journal of Economics (May 2016, Volume 49, Number 2, pp. 433-480)
  • “The Intergenerational Effect of Forcible Assimilation Policy on School Performance.” International Indigenous Policy Journal (2016, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.1-44) 
  • “Answering the Call: An Empirical Social Scientist’s Guide to Reconciliation” (with Robert Hancock). Canadian Public Policy (September 2016, Volume 42, Number 3, pp. 350-365)​
  • Akee, R. and Feir, D., 2018. "Estimating Institutionalization and Homelessness for Status First Nations in Canada: A Method and Implications," International Indigenous Policy Journal9(4): forthcoming.
  • Gilleazeau, R. and Feir, D., 2018. "Return to the Homeland? The Impact of the Great Recession on Employment Outcomes and Labour Mobility for Native Americans," Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, 1-15.