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

Projects

Analyzing the adequacy of benefits among workers’ compensation claimants in Ontario, 1999-2005 . Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Ongoing. (PI on the project)
Assessing the human and economic burden of workplace cancer in Canada. Funded by Canadian Cancer Society. Ongoing. (PI on the project)
Cost to Canadians of excluding people with disabilities from the labour market . Funded by Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. Ongoing. (PI on the project)
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. Ongoing. (PI on the project)

Publications

Jung YL, Tompa E, Longo C, Kalcevich C, Kim J, Song C, Demers P. The economic burden of bladder cancer due to occupational exposure. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 2018;60(3):217-225. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000001242 .
Scott KA, Liao Q, Fisher GG, Stallones L, DiGuiseppi C, Tompa E. Early labor force exit subsequent to permanently impairing occupational injury or illness among workers 50-64 years of age. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2018;61(4):317-325. doi:10.1002/ajim.22817.
Scott KA, Fisher GG, Baron AE, Tompa E, Stallones L, DiGuiseppi C. Same-level fall injuries in US workplaces by age group, gender, and industry. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2017 [Epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1002/ajim.22796.
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.