Dr. Donna Feir

Dr. Donna Feir
Assistant Professor


Office: BEC 380
Donna is an applied labor economist and economic historian who has published on reconciliation, modern Indigenous labor market experiences, health, and the impact of historic policies on Indigenous economies and people. Donna is a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Donna received her Ph. D. from the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia.


  • Indigenous economics
  • Labour economics
  • Gender and household economics
  • Economic history
  • Applied econometrics

Research projects

  • The Long Term Effects of Indian Residential Schools
  • The Decline of the American Bison, Land, Treaties and Growth
  • The Slaughter of the Bison and Reversal of Fortunes on the Great Plains
  • Access to Finance for Indigenous Nations


Selected publications

  • "The Price of Mortgage Financing for Native Americans." (with Laura Cattaneo). Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41996-020-00069-8
  • "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.