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Robert Carson obtained his Master's Degree from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, where he specialized in industrial organization and labour economics. His employment background includes five years as an economist with Employment and Immigration Canada before entering private practice.
Since 1982, Associated Economic Consultants has been a leader in the field of litigation support. In personal injury matters and family compensation claims, Mr. Carson combines a thorough knowledge of labour markets with years of experience to assess loss of income and services. He has been qualified as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia since 1982 and has given evidence on many occasions, including many landmark cases.
Mr. Carson served as a member of a Special Advisory Committee for the Law Reform Commission of British Columbia. The Committee developed recommendations for standardizing the assumptions used in calculating income tax gross-up and management fees in personal injury and wrongful death claims.
In addition, Mr. Carson has developed computer models used to estimate fund management costs, tax gross-up, and pension loss in personal injury, wrongful death and wrongful dismissal litigation.
As a Senior Consulting Economist, Mr. Carson has authored many studies for both private and public sector clients, including evaluations of small business development programs, evaluations of job re-entry programs, labour supply/demand studies for industrial and professional associations, and socio-economic impact analyses for major resource development projects.
Review of At the Cross Roads Volume I and Volume II (1997): Review and critique of two KPMG reports (generally titled: At the Cross Roads) on the issue of no fault insurance.
Statistical Overview of the B.C. Labour Market (1991): Prepared for the Task Force on Employment and Training.
Labour Force Participation Rate Projections for the Vancouver CMA (1989): Reviewed social, economic and demographic trends affecting labour force participation and developed a model to project future participation rates.
Study of Employment and Education In The British Columbia Motion Picture Industry (1989): Surveyed industry employers and employees, identified occupations in which there were shortages of skills and identified problems with approaches to skills training in the motion picture industry in B.C.
Cyclebreak Evaluation, Final Evaluation (1989): Reviewed project goals and achievements, participants' labour market success over a six month period.
Small Business Development for Social Assistance Recipients, Final Project Evaluation (1988): Developed and implemented an evaluation program, which included measurement of psychological indicators of change, enumeration of successful outcomes, and application of benefit cost methodology.
Feasibility Analysis for the Proposed S.T.A.R.T. Programme (1987): Developed a work plan, monitoring plan and feasibility analysis for a community group providing job experience to employment disadvantaged people.
Descriptive Study of Demographic Characteristics and Job Satisfaction of British Columbia Registered Nurses with Three Educational Backgrounds (1987): Developed and analyzed a job satisfaction survey of registered nurses in British Columbia.
The Entry to Practice Issue - Some Initial Research on the Supply Side Impact of the Policy Initiative (1985): Compared the probability of remaining in work for nurses with varying educational backgrounds, and the deployment of nurses to jobs with varying levels of responsibility.
Socio-Economic Conditions of Natives Resident in the Highway 16 Area (1984): Reviewed traditional economic pursuits and current economic andlabour force activities of natives in the area between Prince George and Prince Rupert.
Fisheries Economics and Employment (1984): Literature review and annotative bibliography summarizing ten years of economic research into the direct and indirect employment effects of the B.C. salmon fishery.
Labour Market Impact of the Kemano Completion Project (1984): Reviewed both direct and indirect labour demand and supply impacts of a major proposal for resource development in northern British Columbia.
Preliminary Human Resource Plan: A Review of the Demand Side Requirements (1983): Prepared a paper outlining alternative hiring policies and training schedules for major resource development in northern British Columbia.
Women and Youth in Northwestern B.C. Labour Markets (1982): Reviewed problems and opportunities for women and youth in northern resource economies, and provided demographic and econometric forecasts of labour force sizes.