Dr. Beach grew up in Montreal and earned a BA (Hon.) from McGill University in 1968 and a PhD from Princeton University in 1972. He has taught at Queen's University since 1972 and became Professor Emeritus in 2012. He was co-founder of the Canadian Econometric Study Group and the Canadian Employment Research Forum, Editor of Canadian Public Policy (1995-2002) and Director of Queen’s John Deutsch Institute (2001-2009).
Dr. Beach is currently a research associate at the C. D. Howe Institute in Toronto and the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal; has been an advisor to many federal departments and an invited witness before House of Commons and Senate committees, and a U.S. Senate committee; and was President of the Canadian Economics Association (2015-2016). He has organized many policy-related conferences and published a number of research and policy papers. He has written or edited 17 books, including Transition and Structural Change in the North American Labour Market (with Michael Abbott and Richard Chaykowski, 1997), Canadian Immigration Policy for the 21st Century (with Alan Green and Jeffrey Reitz, 2003), Higher Education in Canada (with Robin Boadway and Marvin McInnis, 2005), Retirement Policy Issues in Canada (with Robin Boadway and James MacKinnon, 2009), and Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach (with Alan Green and Christopher Worswick, 2011). His current research interests are on higher education, income distribution and inequality.Back