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Is the Free Market Approach Dead?

September 30, 2008

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services
The turmoil in financial markets and the possible U.S. Treasury plan to spend $700 billion to purchase bad mortgage debt from financial firms has given valuable ammunition to opponents of American economic leadership and the free market approach emphasizing deregulation. In South ...

Canadian Automotive Maelstrom Continues

September 23, 2008

Sabrina Browarski

Canada’s automotive sector has been battered by an unrelenting barrage of structural and macroeconomic developments over the last two years, a trend that is unlikely to subside as 2009 approaches. Once a stalwart of the post-NAFTA Canadian economy, the automotive sector has now been reduced to ...

Some US Manufacturing Jobs Coming Home

September 18, 2008

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services
The movement of manufacturing jobs from the United States to low-cost countries around the world has been an unfortunate development for many manufacturing workers over the last three decades or so. While low cost manufacturing imports have benefited U.S. consumers, this has ...

Will Canada’s Growth from within Soon Expire?

September 11, 2008

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes
Forecasting and Analysis

The five-year period from 2003 to 2007, could be characterized as a boom period in Canada, driven by demand from within. Since 2002, Canadian households and business have reaped the benefits of strong income gains, largely attributed to the meteoric rise of energy ...

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