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

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

Areas of Interest

  • Fiscal policy
  • Health policy


Haizhen Mou' primary research interests include fiscal policy, fiscal governance, fiscal federalism, health policy and social policy. Her research often takes a political economy perspective. She received two SSHRC grants and several other awards. Her main teaching responsibilities include Economics, Public Finance, and Quantitative Research Method for graduate students.

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

Supervisory Capacity

Haizhen Mou is currently accepting applications for a new PhD student position starting in September 2024 in the following research areas: Public Finance.

Recent Grants/Awards


  • Principal Investigator, May 2023 – April 2025. SSHRC Explore Grant, $7,000. Project: “Universal Childcare, Gender Norms and Immigrant Women’s Labour and Health Outcomes”.
  • Principal Co-investigator, June 2023. SSHRC Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) Grant, $8,000. Book: Fiscal Choices: Canada After the Pandemic. Co-PI: Michael M. Atkinson.
  • Co-applicant, April 2023 – March 2028. SSHRC Insight Grants, $396,885. Project: “The Financial, Governance, and Parental Feedback Effects of School Choice in Canada”. Principal Investigator: Jim Farney
  • Co-applicant, March 2023 – April 2024, $150,000. CIHR Catalyst Grant: Policy Research for Health System Transformation. Project: “Cross-Sectoral Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Children/Youth in Vulnerable Contexts”. Principal Investigator: Akram Khayatzadeh-Mahani
  • Principal Investigator, April 2019 – March 2024. 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.
  • Principal Investigator, Dec. 2020 – May 2022. Research Junction Development Grant (a joint funding initiative between the City of Saskatoon and University of Saskatchewan), $15,404. Project: “Maximizing Bang for the Buck: A Guideline for the Allocation of Municipal Business Tax Incentives”. Co-Applicants: Mike Jordan and Yang Yang.
  • Principal Investigator, June 2014 – May 2018, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant, $68,957. Project: “Understanding Cost Efficiency in the Public K-12 Education Systems: A Behavioural Approach”. Co-applicants: Michael M. Atkinson and Jim Marshall.
  • Principal Investigator, June 2014 – June 2016, 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 M. Atkinson and Stephen Tapp.

Select Publications

Refereed Articles

  • Maritza Lozano Man Hing, Michael Atkinson and Haizhen Mou. 2021. “Democratic Accountability in Times of Crisis: Executive Power, Fiscal Policy, and COVID-19”. Government and Opposition, 58(1): 39-60.
  • Haizhen Mou and Maritza Lozano Man Hing. 2021. “Stringency of Balanced Budget Laws and Transparency of Budgeting Process”. Public Budgeting & Finance. 41:45–64.
  • Stephanie Ortynsky, Jim Marshall and Haizhen Mou. March 2021. “Budget Practices in Canada’s K-12 Education Sector: Incremental, Performance, or Productivity Budgeting?”. Canadian Public Administration 64(1): 74-98.
  • Haizhen Mou and Michael M. Atkinson. March 2020. “Want to Improve Math Scores? An Empirical Assessment of Recent Policy Interventions in Canada” Canadian Public Policy 46(1):107–124.
  • 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.

Refereed Books

  • Michael M. Atkinson and Haizhen Mou. 2023. Fiscal Choices: Canada After the Pandemic. University of Toronto Press. Accepted for publication.
  • Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and Rose Olfert (author names are listed in alphabetical order). 2017. Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada: Political and Economic Dimensions. University of Toronto Press.
Refereed Book Chapters
  • Gregory P. Marchildon and Haizhen Mou. 2013. “The Conservative 10-year Canada Health Transfer Plan: Another Fix for a Generation?” In Christopher Stoney and G. Bruce Doern Ed. How Ottawa Spends, 2013 – 2014: The Harper Government: Mid-Term Blues and Long-Term Plans. Ch. 4, pp. 47 – 63. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Gregory P. Marchildon and Haizhen Mou. 2013. “Chapter 1 – Restoring the purpose of the Canada Health Transfer” in Noralou Roos, Kathleen O’Grady, Shannon Turczak, Camilla Tapp and Lindsay Jolivet Eds. Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy. Ebook.

Non-Refereed Articles

  • Haizhen Mou. May 6, 2021. “Canada Health Transfer: Background and future”. Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Commission (IFRC) What Now series. IFRC and Canada West Foundation. https://cwf.ca/research/publications/what-now-canada-health-transfer-background-and-future/
  • Michael Atkinson and Haizhen Mou. March 28, 2021. “Climate action, job creation are top post-pandemic priorities for Canadians.” The Conversation, the National Post (March 29, 2021)

Compiled Dataset

  • Haizhen Mou and Maritza Lozano Man Hing. 2023. Stringency and Transparency Indices of Fiscal Rules in Canada, 1980-2021 (Download the Data Set). University of Saskatchewan.

Current Research

  • Fiscal policy
  • Fiscal federalism
  • Healthcare models
  • Childcare policy

Current Courses

  • JSGS805 Economics for Public Policy Analysis, Fall 2023
  • JSGS 803 Quantitative Method and Research Design, Fall 2023