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Jennifer Robson

Assistant Professor

Degrees:PhD (Carleton University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8384
Email:jennifer.robson@carleton.ca
Office:2433R RB
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Jennifer Robson was director of policy for the non-profit SEDI (now Prosper Canada), a senior research officer with Policy Horizons and a senior associate with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation.  She served as a senior adviser to the Task Force on Financial Literacy for the federal Department of Finance and has been a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen’s University.  She holds a PhD in Public Policy and degrees in Political Science and Psychology. Jennifer was chair of the Task Force on Family and Social Policy for the Liberal Party of Canada’s Renewal Commission in 2006, and served as a political assistant to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and as a policy assistant in the Office of the Prime Minister (between 1994 and 2000). Her research interests include social and tax policy, public administration, policy advocacy and the experience of women in politics.  Jennifer also teaches courses in Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration and Kroeger College’s Public Affairs and Policy Management undergraduate program.  She is a member of Carleton’s Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship and collaborates with community-based organizations through the Asset-Building Learning Exchange and the Financial Literacy Action Network of Ottawa.  

Blogs:

Macleans.ca: http://www.macleans.ca/author/jennifer-robson/

IRPP.org: http://policyoptions.irpp.org/author/jenrobson/

Research interests:

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Political considerations in policy-making
  • Social policy
  • Role and governance of political staff
  • Financial literacy, program design and household decision-making
  • Gender equality

Courses taught:

PAPM 3000: Policy Research Methods
POLM  5006: Foundations of Political Management
POLM 5012 and PANL 5703: Political Advocacy and Public Policy Advocacy
POLM 5015: Political Policy Landscape
PADM 5117: Public Management

Selected publications:

Presentation deck, “Microdata on household vulnerability in Canada: 1999 to 2014”, with David Rothwell, Canadian Economics Association Annual Conference, June 2016, Ottawa. [CEA_slides]

“A new (and better way) to measure financial capability”, with James Splinter, research report under contract to Vancity Credit Union, December 2015.  A copy of the report is available for download here: Final Report.

  • Appendix B: Excel workbook with results: Results
  • Appendix C: SEM model: Appendix C_SEM_figure
  • Appendix A (list of variable transformations from the Canadian Financial Capability Survey) is available on request.

NOTE:  These files are shared using a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.  That means, unless otherwise agreed by the author in writing, you can use the data for non-commercial purposes and with attribution.

“Boutique brand: The unique alignment of the Conservative brand and boutique tax credits” in Stoney, C. and Doern, G.B. eds. How Ottawa Spends 2015-2016: The Liberal Rise and the Tory Demise, e-book, School of Public Policy, Carleton University, Ottawa.

“Spending on Political Staffers and the Revealed Preferences of Cabinet”, Canadian Journal of Political Science vol.48(3), 675-697.

“Did Election 2015 Prove Kim Campbell Wrong?” in Marland, A. and Giasson, T. eds, Canadian Election Analysis 2015: Communication, Strategy and Democracy, UBC Press, 86-88.

A tale of two trends“, with David Rothwell, Policy Options, May 2015, Institute for Research on Public Policy.

“Recent federal boutique tax credits not helping those who need it most, or even most families with kids” blog post, Canada2020, April 26, 2015.

“Financial Literacy Research Roundtable 2013: Summary report”, with Susan Murray, Carleton University.

“The Case for Financial Literacy: Assessing the effects of financial literacy interventions for low income and vulnerable groups in Canada”, SEDI and the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy.

“How Ottawa Spends and How Canadians Save” with Peter Nares and Richard Shillington, in How Ottawa Spends: 2009-2010: Economic Upheaval and Political Dysfunction, Allan Maslove ed., McGill University Press.

“Poverty, vulnerability and exclusion in Canada: An environmental scan, 2012”, Social and Enterprise Development Innovations and the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy.

“Financial Literacy of Low-income Students: Literature Review and Environmental Scan”, with Marc Frennette, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Leckie, Norm, Taylor Shek-Wai Hui, Doug Tattrie, Jennifer Robson, Jean-Pierre Voyer (2010)

Learn$ave Project: Learning to Save, Saving to Learn.  Final Report of the Learn$ave Individual Development Accounts Project, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, Ottawa

Disclosure statement:

While it is common in most academic disciplines to refuse any partisan affiliation, in political management this is more of an occupational requirement than hazard. That said, I am happy to share and discuss my research with anyone interested. I have no official title or role with any political party. In the more than 15 years since I left my last paid work as a political staffer, I have worked as a non-partisan public servant and as a senior staff member in two non-partisan charitable organizations. Since joining Carleton, I have provided (on a voluntary basis) occasional technical advice to the Liberal Party of Canada, spoken at a community event organized by the New Democratic Party of Canada, provided testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance  and prepared submissions to the Department of Finance.