Bali Ram

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (Ohio State)


After 34 years of his employment with Statistics Canada, Dr. Bali Ram retired in October 2009. At Statistics Canada, he held positions of Chief, Demographic Characteristics Section and Senior Research Advisor, Demography Division. Dr. Ram was President of Research Committee on Sociology of Population, International Sociological Association during 2003-2006 and President of the Federation of Canadian Demographers during 1999-2002.  He studied demography at International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India during 1966-68. He obtained his M.A. in sociology from the University of Western Ontario in 1971 and Ph.D. in sociology from the Ohio State University in 1975. He has taught a number of courses at Carleton, including Sociological Methodology, Research Design and Data Analysis/Social Statistics and Population Studies. He has been an Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology since 1995.

Areas of Interest

  • Population Studies/Demography
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Health, Illness and Mortality
  • Internal and International Migration

Current Research

  • Economic Well-Being of Canadian Women in the Early 20th Century
  • Fertility Decline and Family Change in India

Some Recent Publications

2010.   Guest Editor, Special Issue of Canadian Studies in Population (Vol. 37, 3-4, Fall/Winter)

2010. “Introduction to the Special Issue: Low Fertility in Comparative Perspective” Canadian Studies in Population, 37, xv-xxiv.

2009. “Ethnic Differences in Educational Attainment among the Children of Canadian Immigrants” (with Teresa Abada and Feng Hou), Canadian Journal of Sociology, 34, 1-28.

2009. “Health, Illness and Mortality in Less Developed Countries: Convergence, Divergence, and Stagnation” (with Shefali S. Ram), Chapter 15 in Ann Denis and Devorah Kalekin (eds), International Sociological Association Research Committee Handbook, Sage Publications, 223-235.

2008. “The Effects of Harassment and Victimization on Self-rated Health and Mental Health among Canadian Adolescents” (with Teresa Abada and  Feng Hou), Social Science and Medicine, 30, 1-11.

2008. “Does It Pay to Migrate? The Canadian Evidence” (with Y. E. Shin), Canadian Studies in Population, 35, 103-117.

2007. “Racially Mixed Neighbourhoods, Perceived Neighbourhood Cohesion, and Adolescent Health in Canada” (with Teresa Abada and Feng Hou), Social Science and Medicine, 65: 2005-2017.

2007. “Educational Selectivity of Out-migration in Canada: 1976-1981 to 1996-2001.” Canadian Studies in Population, 34: 129-148 (with Y. E. Shin).