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Haizhen Mou PhD, MA, BA JSGS Faculty, U of S

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan (On sabbatical from July 2016 to June 2017)

Rm 158, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, S7N 5B8

Areas of Interest

  • Health policy
  • Fiscal policy


Haizhen Mou' primary research interests include health care financing and expenditure, cost and efficiency of public sectors, and government budget management, often from a political economy perspective. She is also interested in the policy implication of the new measurements of happiness and well-being. She received a SSHRC grant and several other awards. Her main teaching responsibilities include Public Finance and Quantitative Research Method for graduate students. She has supervised five Ph.D. or MPP students and served on numerous graduate thesis committees. She volunteered as a board member for a local non-profit organization focusing on seniors.

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  • Ph.D., Carleton University 
  • MA, York University
  • MA, Beijing Normal University
  • BA, Tianjin University of Commerce  

Recent Grants/Awards


  • Principle Investigator, June 2014 – May 2016, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $68,957. Project: “Understanding Cost Efficiency in the Public K-12 Education Systems: A Behavioural Approach”. Co-applicants: Michael Atkinson and Jim Marshall.
  • Co-Applicant, June 2014 – May 2019. CIHR Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Rural Focus of CCNA Team 20: Issues in Dementia Care for Rural & Indigenous Populations, $500,000. Team Lead: Debra Morgan.
  • Principle Investigator, June 2014 – November 2015, President’s SSHRC Grant, University of Saskatchewan, $6,750. Project “The Real Test: Effectiveness of Balanced-Budget Fiscal Rules during Economic Recession”.  Co-Applicants: Michael Atkinson and Stephen Tapp.
  • University start-up research grant

Select Publications

Refereed Articles

  • Michael Atkinson, Haizhen Mou and Peter Bruce. Forthcoming. “Fiscal Rules in the Canadian Provinces: Abject Failure or Qualified Success?” Canadian Public Administration Vol. 59, No. 4.
  • Obeyaa Ampofo-Addo, Haizhen Mou, Rose Olfert and Donna Goodridge. 2016. “Location Decisions of Family Physicians in Saskatchewan: What Really Matters?” Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine. Vol. 21, No. 1: 7 – 12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26824804
  • Haizhen Mou and Rose Olfert. 2015. “Inter-provincial Migration Intentions of Family Physicians in Canada: The Roles of Income and Community Characteristics.” Healthcare Policy. Vol. 11, No. 2: 58 – 71. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26742116
  • Haizhen Mou and Stanley L. Winer. May 2015. “Fiscal Incidence When Both Individual Welfare and Family Structure Matter: The Case of Subsidization of Home-care for the Elderly.” Public Finance Review, Vol. 43, No. 3: 373 – 401. Doi: 10.1177/1091142113515053. http://pfr.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/01/10/1091142113515053.full.pdf
  • Gregory Marchildon and Haizhen Mou. September 2014. “A Needs-Based Allocation Formula for Canada Health Transfer.” Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 40, No 3: 209 – 223.http://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/cpp.2013-052
  • Haizhen Mou, Michael M. Atkinson, and Ata-Ul Munim. March 2014. “The Cost of Government:  Decomposing Provincial Expenditures, 1981 – 2007.” Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 40, No. 1: 84 – 97.http://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/cpp.2012-108
  • Haizhen MouDecember 2013. “The Political Economy of the Public-Private Mix in Heath Expenditure: An Empirical Review of Thirteen OECD Countries.” Health Policy, Vol. 113, Issue 3: 270 – 283.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168851013001930
  • Haizhen Mou. November 2012. “The Political Economy of Public Health Expenditure and Wait Times in a Public-Private Mixed Health Care System.” Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 45, No. 4: 1640 – 1666.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1540-5982.2012.01741.x/abstract

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Gregory P. Marchildon and Haizhen Mou. September 2013. The Conservative 10-year Canada Health Transfer Plan: Another Fix for a Generation? In Chris Stoney and Bruce Doern (ed.), How Ottawa Spends, 2013-2014: The Harper Government: Mid-Term Blues and Long-Term Plans, McGill-Queen's University Press.

 Non-Refereed Articles

Working Papers

  • Haizhen Mou, Michael M. Atkinson, and Stephen Tapp. “Does Balanced Budget Legislation Matter in a Recession? Evidence from Canadian Provinces.”

Current Courses

  • JSGS 802 - Public Finance, Winter 2016
  • JSGS 803 - Quantitative Method and Research Design, Winter 2016
  • JSGS 805 - Economics for Public Policy Analysis, Fall 2015

Current Research

  • Public-private mix in health insurance
  • Universal health insurance coverage for developing countries
  • Cost efficiency of public sectors
  • Government budget management
  • Intergovernmental transfers