David Foot - Demographic Expert, Professor of Economics
David Foot, Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto, is the author of the best-selling books Boom, Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift and the updated paperback, Boom, Bust & Echo: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century*. These books are based on his research on the economic impacts of demographic change and on the resulting implications for both private and public policies. These books have sold more than 300,000 copies and were on the Canadian best-seller lists for over 3 years.
David Foot is an outspoken and controversial demographics expert who can bring to life demographic statistics and make the aging of society relevant to any group. He explores how changing demographics, especially the aging of the massive boomer generation, and the entry of their children, the echo generation, into the market and workplace, will redefine society's needs.
Dr. Foot contends that demographics explains two-thirds of everything -- whether the subject is business planning, marketing, human resources, career planning, corporate organization, the stock market, housing, education, health, recreation, leisure, and social and global trends. Change can't be avoided, but it can be anticipated and managed. With an understanding of demographics, a business, an individual or a government has a strong foundation upon which to build an understanding of the past and a vision for the future.
David Foot was born in England, raised in Australia, educated in the United States (Ph.D. from Harvard) and lives in Canada. Reflecting this background, he addresses issues from a global and a North American perspective. He is a much sought after speaker for corporations, associations, community groups and governments.
An award winning teacher, David Foot received a national 3M Award for Teaching Excellence and twice received the University of Toronto undergraduate teaching award.
*formerly Boom, Bust & Echo 2000: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the New Millennium
David K. Foot, Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto, is co-author of the best-selling books Boom, Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift* and Boom, Bust & Echo: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century**. These books reflect his research on the relationships between economics and demographics and on the resulting implications for both private and public policies.
Following his undergraduate degree in Australia and his doctorate in economics from Harvard University, Professor Foot's research involved projections of the Canadian economy. Subsequently, he focused on Canada's declining population growth and associated population aging as one of the fundamental and often neglected determinants of the challenges to economic performance and policy. His research has resulted in contributions to a variety of specific fields such as marketing, human resource planning, corporate organization, saving and investing, housing, health, education, recreation and leisure, unemployment, migration, government expenditures, and intergovernmental relations. A number of these themes are explored in two of his previous books, Canada's Population Outlook: Demographic Futures and Economic Challenges and The Over Forty Society.
In addition to academic writings and contributions to professional journals and to the popular media, Professor Foot's work in the area of public policy has included research and submissions to many government commissions and numerous consulting and conference assignments for both private and public organizations.
He is a recipient of a national 3M Award for Teaching Excellence and is a two-time winner of the University of Toronto undergraduate teaching award.
*Entre le Boom et l'Écho : Comment mettre à profit la réalité démographique, Boréal
**Entre le Boom et l'Écho 2000 : Comment mettre à profit la réalité démographique à l'aube du prochain millénaire, Boréal
**formerly Boom, Bust & Echo 2000: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the New Millennium