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Europe-Russia Connections Force Europe to Walk a Tight Rope

April 01, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

Unlike during Soviet times, the Russian economy under President Vladimir Putin is heavily involved in the global economy, and this has created quite a dilemma for leaders in Europe. Russia supplies Western Europe with around one-third of its natural gas, but Europe’s ...

Russian Economy Exposed by Takeover in Crimea

March 17, 2014

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

The Russian takeover in Crimea and the broader, ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia have attracted global attention. Beyond the politics, the weak and heavily indebted Ukrainian economy has been in the spotlight. But what about the economic ...

Why Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams Are Better for Canadians and the Health System

March 13, 2014

Thy Dinh
Senior Research Associate
Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.—H.E. Luccock


A sustainable health care system includes efficient and accessible primary care.

Canadians should be able to access the health care system using an ...

Not for Beginners: Should Small Players Go to Fast-Growth Markets?

February 06, 2014

Danielle  Goldfarb
Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Dr. Sui Sui
Dr. Sui Sui

Assistant Professor, Global Management Studies Department
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Several Canadian business and policy commentators have argued for more businesses to export beyond the U.S., and for larger businesses to mentor smaller businesses to succeed ...

We Are All Keynesians Now … and All Monetarists, Too

January 24, 2014

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

The design and implementation of macro-economic policy in Canada, the U.S., and many other industrial countries since the 2008 financial crisis has been both innovative and appropriate for the circumstances. When viewed as a whole, the inevitable conclusion ...

Are Rock-Bottom Interest Rates the New Normal?

January 17, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

Developed countries such as the United States and Canada, some people say, have entered into a period of “secular stagnation” where sluggish growth in the 1–2 per cent range is as good as it gets. Nominal interest rates will remain close to ...

The Falling Loonie: Friend or Fowl?

January 15, 2014

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis
Michael Burt
Director
Canadian Industrial Outlook

The biggest economic story in Canada so far in 2014 is the Canadian dollar and who may “win” or “lose” from its current descent. The Conference Board’s assessment is that the ...

Unstable Ukrainian Economy the Backdrop for Ongoing Political Drama

December 23, 2013

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Russia has just played a very aggressive hand in Ukraine by offering to provide $15 billion in new financing and to cut the price of vital natural gas exports. For their part, European Union foreign ministers already offered ...

The Fiscal Benefits of Prevention and Wellness: Fresh Evidence From Alberta

December 12, 2013

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Common sense would suggest that prevention of illness and improved population health saves money and can help make the health care system more sustainable. That common-sense view has new evidence to support it from a recent study by ...

Narrow Interest Groups Shackle EU and Japanese Recoveries

December 10, 2013

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

Powerful interest groups (think labour unions, farm lobbies, and business groups) are damaging the economic recoveries in many eurozone countries and Japan. The influence they have on government policies that support their aims enables them to extract a bigger piece of the ...

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