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Can Anything Be Done to Slow Rising Global Inequality?

July 08, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has taken the economics profession by storm. Piketty concludes that rising inequality isn’t simply a feature of modern times, but has been a key part of the capitalist system going ...

Beyond Hewing Wood and Drawing Water: Canada’s Hidden Export Gems

July 03, 2014

Kristelle Audet

Kristelle Audet
Economist
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Oil, wheat, canola, aircraft, and autos come to mind as typical Canadian exports. But Canadian companies have been globally successful in other, lesser-known sectors, according to a recent Conference Board of Canada report, Competing Globally: Canada’s Hidden Success Stories. These “success ...

Soccer Teams Show Their Countries' True Colours at the World Cup

June 27, 2014

Brent DowDall
Associate Director
Communications

For all the organizational struggles leading up to the 2014 World Cup, the early games have proven to be enthralling entertainment. There’s more to it than just the soccer—a country’s culture, spirit, and, yes, even its economics can be observed through the styles and ...

Summer's Arrival Helps Toronto's Housing Market Forget a Tough Winter

June 26, 2014

Robin Wiebe Robin Wiebe
Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

Winter is a fact of life in Canada, and citizens typically face it stoically. But this past winter's onslaught seemed particularly severe. The snow came early and lingered late. We learned new terms, like "polar vortex." The harsh weather was blamed ...

Higher Interest Rates Coming Sooner Than Advertised

June 24, 2014

Michael Burt
Director
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Inflation in Canada has been quietly accelerating in the past six months, and in May it topped 2 per cent for the first time in more than two years. The increases have been broad-based, with inflation accelerating in every major component of consumer ...

The Longest U.S. Recovery in History?

May 13, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

The current U.S. recovery has been one of the weakest in history. Yet, as noted in the Wall Street Journal recently, often overlooked is the fact that it has also been one of the longest-lasting recoveries. Could the factors that have led ...

Time to Panic: Can the U.S. Handle Slipping to Number 2?

April 28, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

Within the next few decades, the United States will no longer be the biggest economy in the world. China, which is already the largest trading nation, will take over the top spot. While China’s real GDP growth—currently in the 7–8 per cent ...

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 ...

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