Maripier Isabelle

Maripier Isabelle,

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Université Laval

Chairholder, Sentinel North research chair in economics and brain health

Mental and brain health disorders have become a global driver of health care spending in recent years. In parallel, growing inequality has become a serious challenge for most societies. While each phenomenon is on its  own a major source of concern for decision makers and policymakers, their  interactions present challenges that cannot be left unaddressed. Still, much remains to be understood about the relationship between changing income distributions, brain health trajectories, and human capital accumulation. Maripier Isabelle’s research combines tools developed in economics, recent advances from research in psychiatry and the expertise developed within the healthcare system to study the causal links between these phenomena. Some of her projects seek to develop new approaches exploiting clinical and sociodemographic data to better understand the impact of the social and economic status of individuals at risk of developing major psychiatric disorders on their health trajectories and their healthcare consumption. In other work, she seeks to isolate the impact of changes to individuals’ absolute and relative income on their healthcare utilization, and on their socioeconomic mobility.

Maripier Isabelle’s work also investigates the impact of growing income and wealth inequalities on the organization and performance of health care systems, especially with regards to changes in the demand for and supply of, respectively, publicly and privately financed care.

Finally, her research contributes to improving our understanding of the impact that various financial incentive may have on physicians’ behaviour, on the volume and nature of the care they provide, and more generally, on their labour supply. She uses administrative data to study how such incentives can affect the allocation of resources within the healthcare system, and how they can affect patient care.

Maripier Isabelle’s research focuses on issues at the intersection of health economics, the study of wealth and income inequality,  public policy and labour economics. She is interested in questions that have a direct impact on individuals’ health, on the organization of healthcare systems and on the various forces that they are subject to. She uses administrative data and tools developed in econometrics and applied microeconomics to generate insights that can help policy makers design and improve policies, for example by taking into account the heterogeneity in the effect of different events or programs.


  • Stabile, M. and M. Isabelle (2018) “Rising inequality and the implications for the future of private insurance in Canada”, Health Economics, Policy and Law, 13: 406-432.
  • Aggarwal, R., Isabelle M. and M. Stabile (2019) “Planting the seeds or squandering the fruits? Ontario’s basic income experiment”, INSEAD, 03/2019-6390, France.

Projets en cours

  • “Local inequality and departures from publicly financed healthcare in Canada” (avec Mark Stabile)
  • “Is it all relative? The health impacts of changes to absolute and relative income” (avec Boriana Miloucheva)
  • “Accounting for the rise in C-sections: evidence from population level data” (avec Michael Baker, Mark Stabile et Sara Allin) -- Previous iteration of the paper published as Physician incentives and the rise in C-sections: Evidence from Canada, Working Paper 21022, National Bureau of Economic Research, March 2015
  • “Meeting the target? The impact of targeted financial incentives on primary care physicians' labour supply”
  • “From C-section to health conditions: Are children's health outcomes influenced by birth delivery methods?”


Maripier Isabelle is an assistant professor at l’Université Laval’s Department of economics, and the chairholder of the Sentinel North research chair in economics and brain health. From 2017 to 2019, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality, at INSEAD (France), where she was also a Marie-Curie fellow and a Prestige fellow. She completed a PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto, and a master’s degree in economics from l’Université Laval.

She is a faculty associate at the Canadian Center for Health Economics, an associate member at the Centre de recherche sur les risques, les enjeux économiques et les politiques publiques, and she serves on the executive committee for the Canadian Health Economics Association.

  • Hartle Award for outstanding graduate scholarship on a policy relevant topic, Rotman Institute for International Business, University of Toronto (2018)
  • Maurice Cody Research Fellowship, University of Toronto (2017)
  • H. Stanley Hunnisett Fund Award, University of Toronto (2016)
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, CRSH (2013-2016)
  • Distinction for best master’s thesis, Faculté des Sciences sociales, Université Laval (2012)
  • Joseph-Armand-Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, CRSH (2011)
  • Governor General’s Academic Medal (silver) (2010)  


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