Dr. Emile Tompa

Senior Scientist
PhD, Economics, McMaster University
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Dr. Emile Tompa is a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He holds appointments as an associate professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University and as an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also co-director of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, a seven-year initiative funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant.

Tompa is a labour and health economist with an MBA from the University of British Columbia, an MA in economics from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in economics from McMaster University.

Tompa’s research interests include the consequences of occupational health and safety system design on the health and well-being of individuals and populations, the economic evaluation of workplace interventions for improving the health and well-being of workers, the economic burden of adverse health conditions and disability, and the analysis of disability policy systems.

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“How to get the most for the least, that’s the basis for economics. I am interested in analyzing issues related to occupational health and safety and work disability prevention and management from the standpoint of this basic challenge. – Dr. Emile Tompa


Analyzing the adequacy of benefits among workers’ compensation claimants in Ontario, 1999-2005 . Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ontario Ministry of Labour. Ongoing.
Assessing the human and economic burden of workplace cancer in Canada. Funded by Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Ministry of Labour. Ongoing.
Cost to Canadians of excluding people with disabilities from the labour market . Funded by Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, Ontario Ministry of Labour. Ongoing.
Employer investments in occupational health and safety: establishing benchmarks for Ontario. Funded by Ontario Ministry of Labour Research Opportunities Program. Ongoing.
Evaluating prevention strategies to reduce the risk of work-related cancers in Ontario’s construction sector. Funded by European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Ontario Ministry of Labour. Ongoing.


Tompa E, Kalcevich C, McLeod CB, Lebeau M, Song C, McLeod K, Kim J, Demers PA. The economic burden of lung cancer and mesothelioma due to occupational and para-occupational asbestos exposure. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2017;74(11):816-822. doi:10.1136/oemed-2016-104173.
Lay AM, Saunders R, Lifshen M, Breslin FC, LaMontagne AD, Tompa E, Smith PM. The relationship between occupational health and safety vulnerability and workplace injury. Safety Science. 2017;94:85. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2016.12.021.
Padkapayeva K, Posen A, Yazdani A, Buettgen A, Mahood Q, Tompa E. Workplace accommodations for persons with physical disabilities: evidence synthesis of the peer-reviewed literature. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017;39(21):2134. doi:10.1080/09638288.2016.1224276.
MacEachen E, Du B, Bartel E, Ekberg K, Tompa E, Kosny A, Petricone I, Stapleton J. Scoping review of work disability policies and programs. International Journal of Disability Management. 2017;12(0):1. doi:10.1017/idm.2017.1.