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

Professor and Graduate Chair, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

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

Areas of Interest

  • Fiscal policy
  • Education policy
  • Health policy


Haizhen Mou's primary research interests include fiscal governance, government budget management, fiscal federalism, and health care financing and expenditure, often from a political economy perspective. She received two SSHRC grants and several other awards. Her main teaching responsibilities include Public Finance and Quantitative Research Method for graduate students. She has supervised eleven Ph.D. or MPP students and served on numerous graduate thesis committees.

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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, April 2019 – March 2022, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant, $170,715. Project: “Fiscal Governance in the Canadian Provinces”. Co-applicant: Michael M. Atkinson.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Co-Applicant, July 2016 – June 2023. CIHR Foundation Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. $2.33million. “Design and evaluation of integrated primary health care practices for dementia in rural and remote settings.” Program Leader:  Debra Morgan.
  • University start-up research grant

Select Publications

Refereed Articles

  • Haizhen Mou and Michael M. Atkinson. Forthcoming. “Want to Improve Math Scores? An Empirical Assessment of Recent Policy Interventions in Canada” Canadian Public Policy.
  • Haizhen Mou, Michael M. Atkinson and Jim Marshall. 2019. “Budgeting for Efficiency? A Case Study of the Public K-12 Education Systems of Canada.” Applied Economics. 51(34): 3740 – 3757.
  • Haizhen Mou. 2019. “Measuring Policy Content and Outcomes: A Quantitative Study of Balanced Budget Laws.” SAGE Research Methods Cases
  • Guoxing Zhang, Nana Deng, Haizhen Mou, Zhe George Zhang, Xiaofeng Chen. 2019. “The impact of the policy and behavior of public participation on environmental governance performance: Empirical analysis based on provincial panel data in China.” Energy Policy 129: 1347 – 1354.
  • Haizhen Mou, Michael M. Atkinson and Stephen Tapp. 2018. “Do Balanced Budget Laws Matter in Recessions?” Public Budgeting & Finance. Vol. 38, Issue 1:  28 – 46. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/pbaf.12163
  • Michael M. Atkinson, Haizhen Mou and Peter Bruce. 2016. “Fiscal Rules in the Canadian Provinces: Abject Failure or Qualified Success?” Canadian Public Administration Vol. 59, No. 4: 495 – 515. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/capa.12191/full
  • 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 Books

  • Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and Rose Olfert. 2017 Contested Redistribution: Equalization Policy and Fiscal Federalism in Canada. University of Toronto Press.

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

  • Jim Marshall, Haizhen Mou, and Michael M. Atkinson. May 21, 2019. “Canadian schools spend more as enrolment and test scores fall”. The Conversation.
  • Jim Marshall, Haizhen Mou, and Michael M. Atkinson. 2019. “Canada’s Schools: Are we paying more but getting less?” Policy Brief. Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
  • Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and Rose Olfert. 2019. “Improving Fiscal Federalism in Canada” Priming the Campaign Policy Brief. University of Ottawa.
  • Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and Rose Olfert. July 18, 2018. “The challenge for Canada’s equalization program.” Policy Options.
  • Gregory P. Marchildon and Haizhen Mou. October 2013. The funding formula for health care is broken. Alberta’s windfall proves it. Op-Ed at Globe and Mail, Star Phoenix, Hill Times, etc.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/the-funding-formula-for-health-care-is-broken-albertas-windfall-proves-it/article14764089/
  • Gregory P. Marchildon and Haizhen Mou. December 2012. What does the New Canada Health Transfer mean for Western Canada? Western Policy Analyst.
  • Haizhen Mou. September 2011. The Public-Private Mix of Health Care Spending, Western Policy Analyst.

Current Research

  • Fiscal governance
  • Government budget management
  • Fiscal federalism
  • Public-private mix in health insurance