Sarah Miller

Principal Economist

Sarah Miller is a Principal Economist in the Regional Analysis Division in the Canadian Economics Analysis Department. Based at the Atlantic Regional Office, she conducts research, contributes to the quarterly Business Outlook Survey and analyses economic developments in Atlantic Canada. Her primary research interests include labour markets, migration and business surveys.

Born in Prince Edward Island, Sarah holds a Ph.D. in economics from Dalhousie University. She is the president of the Atlantic Association of Applied Economists (AAAE).


Sarah Miller

Principal Economist
Canadian Economic Analysis
Regional Analysis

Bank of Canada
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Halifax, NS, B3J 3M8


What’s Up with Unit Non-Response in the Bank of Canada’s Business Outlook Survey? The Effect of Staff Tenure

Staff Discussion Paper 2017-11 Sarah Miller, David Amirault, Laurent Martin
Since 1997, the Bank of Canada’s regional offices have been conducting the Business Outlook Survey (BOS), a quarterly survey of business conditions. Survey responses are gathered through face-to-face, confidential consultations with a sample of private sector firms representative of the various sectors, firm sizes and regions across Canada.
May 16, 2013

Explaining Canada’s Regional Migration Patterns

Understanding the factors that determine the migration of labour between regions is crucial for assessing the economy’s response to macroeconomic shocks and identifying policies that will encourage an efficient reallocation of labour. By examining the determinants of migration within Canada from 1991 to 2006, this article provides evidence that regional differences in employment rates and household incomes tend to increase labour migration, and that provincial borders and language differences are barriers to migration.

What Drags and Drives Mobility: Explaining Canada’s Aggregate Migration Patterns

Staff Working Paper 2012-28 David Amirault, Daniel de Munnik, Sarah Miller
Using census data at the economic region level from 1991 to 2006 and a gravity model framework, this paper examines the factors that influence migration within Canada.

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Refereed journals


  • Ph.D., Dalhousie University
  • M.A., Dalhousie University
  • B.B.A., St. Francis Xavier University

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