Faculty Member

Emile Tompa PhD - Economics

Email Address(es)
etompa@iwh.on.ca
Office Phone
416-927-2027 x2113
Office Address
Institute for Work and Health 481 University Avenue, Suite 800 Toronto, ON M5G 2E9
Website(s)
Institute for Work & Health, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy
Division(s)/Office
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Office of Global Public Health Education & Training
Position
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

Dr. Emile Tompa is a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He holds appointments as associate professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University, assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and mentor with the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Work Disability Prevention, also at the University of Toronto. He is co-director of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP), an intiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a period of seven year. Tompa is on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. He has 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 current research agenda is centred on labour-market experiences and their health and human development consequences; policy analysis of occupational health and safety and work disability prevention systems; and the evaluation of workplace interventions directed at improving the health of workers.

Education & Training History

Ph.D. Economics (Concentrations in Labour and Health Economics, and Econometrics), McMaster University (2000)

M.A. in Economics (Concentrations in Development, Finance and Trade), University of Toronto (1993)

M.B.A. (Concentrations in Marketing and Finance), University of British Columbia (1988)

Other Affiliations

Senior Scientist / Health and Labour Economist, Institute for Work & Health

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, McMaster University

Co-director, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Mentor, Work Disability Prevention CIHR Strategic Training Program (June 2009-2015), University of Toronto, Ontario.

Introduction to health economics and its application in the evaluation of measures to prevent work disabilities. Work Disability Prevention CIHR Strategic Training Program (June 2007-2015), University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, University of Toronto, Ontario.

Economic evaluation of work disability prevention programs. Work Disability Prevention CIHR Strategic Training Program (June 2012-2015), University of Toronto, Ontario.

Guest Lecturer, Lecture on Economic Evaluation of Health Interventions, Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, 2005-2015.

Course Coordinator and Instructor, Current Topics in Occupational Health and Safety, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto, 2013-2015.

Co-Instructor, Advanced Topics in Health Economics (2002-2015), McMaster University, Ontario.

Honours & Awards

Applied Ergonomics Best Paper Award for 2013: Tompa E, Dolinschi R, Natale J. (2013). Economic Evaluation of a Participatory Ergonomics Intervention in a Textile Plant. Applied Ergonomics, 44: 480-487.

Current Research Projects

Current Peer-reviewed Funding

Smith P, Breslin FC, LaMontagne A, Saunders R, Tompa E. (2015). Evaluating the Impact of Mandatory Awareness Training on OH&S Vulnerability in Ontario. CIHR: Operating Grant. $262,794 for 2 years.

Bigelow P, Dickey J, Tompa E. (2015). Intervening in the transportation sector to reduce driver fatigue, low back pain, discomfort and increase vehicle safety. Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. $127,098 over 2 years.

Tompa E. Policies and Practices on the Accommodation of Persons with Visible Disabilities in the Workplace. (2014). Request for Proposals from the Office of Disability Issues, Employment and Social Development Canada. $21,900 over 8 months.

Williams A, Tompa E, Fast J, Lero D, Zeytinoglu I. (2014). Evaluation of Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Policy (CFWPs) Interventions of the Health of Caregiver-Employees (CEs): Implementation and Cost-Benefit Analysis. CIHR: Open Operating Grant Program. $330,954 over 3 years.

Demers P (Team Grant Lead) Assessment of the Human and Economic Burden of Workplace Cancer, Multisector team grants in prevention research, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI). Demers P, Davies H, Kramer D, Tompa E (Principal Investigators). $1,000,0000 over 4 years. Estimation of Economic Burden, Tompa E (Project Lead), Hyatt D, McLeod C (Project Co-investigators). $256,635 over 3 years.

Tompa E (Co-Principal Investigator), MacEachen E (Co-Principal Investigator), Baril-Gingras G, Bernier J, Bornstein S, Boucher N, Calvert J, Cooke G, Côté P, Coutu MF, Dawe D, de Boer C, Dewa C, Durand MJ, Facey M, Finkler E, Franche RL, Gewurtz R, Gold D, Grignon M, Hanes R, Helfand N, Heymann J, Holness L, Ison T, Jennissen EM, King A, Koehoorn M, Laberge M, Latimer E, Lippel K, Loisel P, MacAhonic P, McLeod C, Mendelson M, Montreuil S, Neis B, Noël A, O’Campo P, Ostry A, Premji S, Provencher Y, Rioux M, Saunders R, Scott-Marshall H, Shaw L, Small S, Stapleton J, Torjman S, White M, Zeytinoglu I (Co-Investigators and Collaborators). Income Security and Labour-Market Engagement: Envisioning the Future of Disability Policy in Canada. LOI submitted to SSHRC February 2012 and invited to submit full proposal. $20,000 received for LOI development, full grant request of $2,754,761 over 7 years.

Tompa E, Saunders R, Mustard C (Co-investigators). Impairment and work disability of workers’ compensation claimants in Ontario, a cohort study of new claimants from 1998-2006. CIHR, Operating Grant, 2013-2015 for $204,685 over 2.5 years.

Representative Publications

Tompa E, Polanyi M, Foley J. (forthcoming). Health Consequences of Labour Market Flexibility and Worker Insecurity. Chapter 6 in: Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, Third Edition, Raphael D (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press,

Guzman J, Tompa E, Koehoorn M de Boerd H, Macdonald S, Alamgir H. (accepted). Framework for economic evaluations of occupational health and safety programs. Occupational Medicine.

Smith P, Saunders R, Lifshen M, Black O, Laya M, Breslin CF, LaMontagne AD, and Tompa E. (revised and resubmitted). The development of a conceptual model and self-reported measure of occupational health and safety vulnerability. The development of a conceptual model and self-reported measure of occupational health and safety vulnerability. Accident Analysis and Prevention.

Smith P, Mustard C, Hogg-Johnson S, Tompa E, Chen C. (accepted). The relationship between worker, occupational and workplace characteristics and whether an injury requires time off work: a matched case-control analysis in Ontario, Canada. American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

Tompa E. (2014). Work Disability Trajectories Under Three Workers’ Compensation Programs. International Journal of Disability Management. Volume 9, 2014, e60. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/idm.2014.61 (About DOI),

Tompa E. (2014). The Impact of Work Injury and Permanent Impairment on the Probability of Poverty. International Journal of Disability Management. Volume 9, 2014, e60. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/idm.2014.22 (About DOI)

Tompa E. (2014). Navigating Work Disability Paradigms and Reform in Canada. International Journal of Disability Management. Volume 9, 2014, e60. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/idm.2014.13 (About DOI)

van Dongen JM, van Wier MF, Tompa E, Bongers PM, van der Beek AJ, van Tulder MW, Bosmans JE. 2014. Trial-Based Economic Evaluations in Occupational Health: Principles, Methods, and Recommendations. Journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2014: 56(6):563-72.

Scott-Marshall HK, Tompa E, Wang Y, Liao Q. (2014).Long-Term Mortality Risk in Individuals with Permanent Work-Related Impairment. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 105(5):e330-e335.

Tompa E, Foley M, Van Eerd D. (2014) Chapter 37: Economic Analysis of Ergonomic Interventions. In: Wilson JR and Corlett N. (eds.) Evaluation of Human Work, 4th Edition. Taylor & Francis Group.

van Dongen JM, Tompa E, Clune L, Sarnocinska-Hart A, Bongers PM, van Tulder MW, van der Beek AJ, van Wier MF. 2013. Bridging the gap between the economic evaluation literature and daily practice in occupational health: a qualitative study among decision makers in the healthcare sector. Implementation Science. 8(1):57

Guzman J, Ibrahimova A, Tompa E, Koehoorn M, Alamgir H. (2013). Non-wage losses associated with occupational injury among healthcare workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 55(8):910-6.

Tompa E, Hogg-Johnson S, Amick B, Wang Y, Shen E, Mustard C, Robson L, Saunders R. (2013). Financial Incentives of Experience Rating in Workers’ Compensation: New Evidence from a Program Change in Ontario Canada. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 55(3):292-304.

Uegaki K, van der Beek AJ. Tompa E, van Tulder MW. (2013). Chapter 23: Cost-effectiveness of interventions for prevention of work disability. In: Handbook of Work Disability: Prevention and Management, Anema H, Loisel P (eds.) Springer. pp. 373-388.

Tompa E. (2013). Chapter 4: Measuring the burden of work disability: A review of methods, measurement issues, and evidence. In: Handbook of Work Disability: Prevention and Management, Anema H, Loisel P (eds.) Springer. pp. 43-58.

Veltri A, Pagell M, Johnston D, Tompa E, Robson L, Amick BC III, Hogg-Johnson S, Macdonald S. (2013). Understanding Safety in the Context of Business Operations: An Exploratory Study using Case Studies. Safety Science. 55:119–134.

Scott-Marshall H, Fang M, Morassaei S, Tompa E. (2013). Marital Formation in Individuals with Permanent Work-Related Impairment. Disability and Health Journal. 6(1):43-51.

Tompa E, Dolinschi R, Natale J. (2013). Economic Evaluation of a Participatory Ergonomics Intervention in a Textile Plant. Applied Ergonomics, 44: 480-487.

Tompa E, Cullen K, McLeod C. (2012). Update on a Systematic Literature Review on the Behavioural Incentives of Experience Rating. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 10(2):47-65.

Scott-Marshall H, Fang M, Morassaei S, Tompa E. (2013). Marital Formation in Individuals with Permanent Work-Related Impairment. Disability and Health Journal. 6(1):43-51.

Veltri A, Pagell M, Johnston D, Tompa E, Robson L, Amick BC III, Hogg-Johnson S, Macdonald S. (forthcoming). Understanding Safety in the Context of Business Operations: Evidence from Ten Case Studies. Safety Science.

Tompa E, van der Beek A, van Tulder M. (forthcoming). Chapter 22: Disability Management: Economic Considerations. In: Handbook on Return to Work, Schultz IZ, Robert Gatchel R (eds.) Springer.

Uegaki K, van der Beek AJ. Tompa E, van Tulder MW. (forthcoming). Chapter 21: Cost-effectiveness of interventions for prevention of work disability. In: Handbook of Work Disability: Prevention and Management, Anema H, Loisel P (eds.) Springer.

Tompa E. (forthcoming). Chapter 4: Measuring the burden of work disability: A review of methods, measurement issues, and evidence. In: Handbook of Work Disability: Prevention and Management, Anema H, Loisel P (eds.) Springer.

Tompa E, Dolinschi R, Natale J. (2013). Economic Evaluation of a Participatory Ergonomics Intervention in a Textile Plant. Applied Ergonomics, 44: 480-487. DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.10.019.

Hogg-Johnson S, Robson L, Cole DC, Amick III BC, Tompa E, Smith PM, van Eerd D. Mustard CA. (2012). A Randomized Controlled Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Targeted Occupational Health & Safety Consultation or Inspection in Ontario Manufacturing Workplaces. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 69(12): 890-900.

Tompa E. (2012). Experience rating in workers’ compensation: guest editor editorial. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. Special Issue, 10(1): 1-2.

Tompa E, Hogg-Johnson S, Amick B, Wang Y, Shen E, Mustard C, Robson L. (2012). Financial Incentives in Workers’ Compensation: An Analysis of the Experience Rating in Ontario Canada. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. Special Issue, 10(1): 117-137.

Mansfield L, MacEachen E, Tompa E, Kalcevich C, Endicott M, Yeung N. (2012). A Critical Review of Literature on Experience Rating in Workers’ Compensation Systems. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 10(1): 3-25.

Soklaridis S, Cassidy JD, van der Velde G, Tompa E, Hogg-Johnston S. (2012). The Economic Cost of Return-To Work: The Employer’s Perspective.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. 43(3): 255-262.

Smith PM, Mustard C, Chen C, Tompa E, Hogg-Johnson S. (2012). Comparing the Risk Factors Associated with Serious Versus and Less Serious Work-Related Injuries in Ontario Between 1991 and 2006. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 55:84–91.

Moore IC, Tompa E. (2011). Understanding Changes Over Time in Workers’ Compensation Claim Rates Using Time Series Analytic Techniques. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 68(11): 837-841.

Scott-Marshall H, Tompa E. (2011). The Health Consequences of Precarious Employment Experiences. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. 38(4): 369-82.

Smith PM, Chen C, Hogg-Johnson S, Mustard CA, Tompa E. (2011). Trends in the Health Care Use and Expenditures Associated with No-Lost-Time Claims in Ontario: 1991 to 2006. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53(2): 211-207.

Tompa E, Lund J, Yabroff R. (2011). Chapter 15: Health Economics and Cancer Survivorship. In: Health Services for Cancer Survivors, Feuerstein E, Ganz P. (eds.), Springer, pp. 299-327.

Tompa E, Scott-Marshall H, Fang M. (2010). Social Protection and the Employment Contract: The Impact on Work Absence. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. 37(3): 251-260.

Tompa E, Verbeek J, van Tulder M, de Boer A. (2010). Developing Guidelines for Good Practice in the Economic Evaluation of Occupational Safety and Health Interventions. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. 36(4): 313–318. Review.

Tompa E, Dolinschi R, de Oliveira C, Amick III BC and Irvin E. (2010). A Systematic Review of Workplace Ergonomic Interventions with Economic Analyses. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 20(2): 220-234.

Amick III BC, Brewer S, Tullar JM, Van Eerd D, Cole C, Tompa E. (2009). Musculoskeletal Disorders: Examining Best Practices for Prevention. Professional Safety. 54(3): 24-28.

Tompa E, Dolinschi R, Liang A. (2009). An Economic Evaluation of Participatory Ergonomics in an Auto Parts Manufacturer. Journal of Safety Research. 40(1): 41-47.

Tompa E, Dolinschi R, de Oliveira C, Irvin E. (2009). A Systematic Review of Occupational Health and Safety Interventions with Economic Analyses. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 51(9): 1004-1023.

Breslin FC, Tompa E, Zhao R, Amick III BC, Pole JD, Smith P, Hogg-Johnson S. (2008). The Relationship between Job Tenure and Work Disability Absences Among Adults: A Prospective Study. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 40(1): 368-375.

Culyer AJ, Tompa E. (2008). Equity in Economic Evaluation. Chapter 13 in: Economic Evaluation of Interventions for Occupational Health and Safety: Developing Good Practice, Tompa E, Culyer AJ, Dolinschi R (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 215-234.

LaPorte A, Dolinschi R, Tompa E. (2008). Costs. Chapter 10  in: Economic Evaluation of Interventions for Occupational Health and Safety: Developing Good Practice. Tompa E, Culyer AJ, Dolinschi R (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 165-178.

Sinclair S, Tompa E. (2008). Canada summary in: The Institutional and Regulatory Settings for Occupational Health and Safety: An International Survey. Chapter in: Economic Evaluation of Interventions for Occupational Health and Safety: Developing Good Practice. Tompa E, Culyer AJ, Dolinschi R (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 93-116.

Tompa E, Scott-Marshall H, Fang M. (2008). The Impact of Temporary Employment and Job Tenure on Work-related Sickness Absences. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 65(12): 801-807.

Tompa E, de Oliveira C, Dolinschi R, Irvin E. (2008). A Systematic Review of Disability Management Interventions with Economic Evaluations. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 18(1): 16-26.

Tompa E, Polanyi M, Foley J. (2008). Labour Market Flexibility or Employment Insecurity? Towards Healthy and Productive Work. Chapter 6 in: Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, Second Edition, Raphael D (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 88-98.

Tompa E, Culyer AJ, Dolinschi R. (2008). Suggestions for a Reference Case. Chapter 14 in: Economic Evaluation of Interventions for Occupational Health and Safety: Developing Good Practice. Tompa E, Culyer AJ, Dolinschi R (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 235-244.

Tompa E, Dolinschi R, de Oliveira C. (2008). Consequences. Chapter 11 in: Economic Evaluation of Interventions for Occupational Health and Safety: Developing Good Practice. Tompa E, Culyer AJ, Dolinschi R (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 179-200.

Tompa E, Dolinschi R. Niven K, de Oliveira C. (2008). A Critical Review of the Application of Methodologies in Workplace Settings. Chapter 3 in: Economic Evaluation of Interventions for Occupational Health and Safety: Developing Good Practice. Tompa E, Culyer AJ, Dolinschi R (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 37-50.

Tompa E, Culyer AJ, Dolinschi R (eds.). (2008). Economic Evaluation of Interventions for Occupational Health and Safety: Developing Good Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.