Marvin McInnis

Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Dunning Hall
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2247
Fax: (613) 533-6668


Marvin McInnis was officially retired by Queen's in September 2003 but continues as professor emeritus to be actively involved with the department. For forty years he taught courses in economic history and the economics of population. He no longer teaches classes but continues to be involved with research students. Since retirement professor McInnis has been involved in more distant ventures. In 2004/05 he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Osaka Gakuin University in Japan. In the winter of 2007 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Marvin continues to pursue his research interests which focus generally on the development of the Canadian economy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Most recently he has been collaborating with Byron Lew on a book on the consequences of World War I for the Canadian economy. Background papers for that study will be available on a project web site. Representative of other aspects of Marvin's current work are the following unpublished papers which can be accessed by links from this site:

"Canadian Economic Development in the Wheat Boom Era: A Reassessment"

"Just how Industrialized Was Canada in 1890?"

"The Changing Structure of Women's Work and Its Rewards,Canada, 1911-1961" (with Byron Lew)

Irrigated Agriculture in Settler Economies (which will soon be published in abbreviated form as a contributed chapter in a book on the economic history of settler economies by the E.J. Brill publishing company)

Recent Publications

  • "The International Timber Trade," in J.J. McCusker, ed., History of World Trade Since 1450, Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan, 2005.

  • "Engineering Expertise and the Canadian Exploitation of the Technology of the Second Industrial Revolution," Ch. 3 of Jonas Ljungberg and Jan-Pieter Smits, eds., Technology and Human Capital in Historical Perspective, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 49-78.

  • "Canada," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, Joel Mokyr, ed., New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, Vol. I, pp. 313-19.

  • "The Economy of Canada in the Nineteenth Century," Ch. 2 of Stanley Engerman and Robert Gallman, eds, The Cambridge Economic History of the United States, Vol. II: The Long Nineteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • "The Population of Canada in the Nineteenth Century," and "Canada's Population in the Twentieth Century," chapters 9 and 12, respectively, of Michael Haines and Richard Steckel, eds, A Population History of North America, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • "La grand émigration canadienne: quelques réflexions exploratoires," Actualité économique, Vol. 76 (March 2000) pp. 113-35.