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The Psychology of Recession

October 31, 2008

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis
For the past six weeks or so, media pundits and some economic forecasters have been quick to leap to the conclusion that “we are in an economic recession”. The word “recession” has been used liberally in the media, ...

Whither Oil Prices?

October 28, 2008

Michael Burt
Director
Canadian Industrial Outlook
I’ll start out by stating that we at the Conference Board of Canada expect that oil prices will remain high relative to their historic average. However, the recent slide in oil prices, and the record peak that they reached in early July, bring ...

Did Someone Say Immigration Does Not Matter?

October 21, 2008


Director
Centre for Municipal Studies
This should not even be a debate – but it apparently is. I am talking about the importance of immigrants. Let’s start with an analogy: hockey. Let’s remember how a certain hockey pundit, no name required, used to say that foreign-born ...

Time to Accept a Fiscal Deficit

October 16, 2008

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis
The global financial crisis has demanded extraordinary measures from governments around the world. Most of the action has been through monetary intervention by central banks and treasuries, but an active fiscal policy is also an option. After spending ...

Iceland Rocks the World

October 14, 2008

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services
How could a tiny country with a population less than the city of Ottawa provide an additional shock to an already shaky global economy? Welcome to the system of integrated world financial markets where developments in a country that rarely receives any ...

Clipping the Wings of Canada’s Aviation Industry

October 06, 2008

David Redekop
Principal Research Associate
Canadian Tourism Research Institute

Canada’s major airports have undergone a huge transformation since the federal government devolved the responsibility for airports to local authorities. Many of Canada’s major airports are now bright, clean and modern facilities. They have also become very expensive to ...


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