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China’s Challenge to Canadian Exporters

February 26, 2010

Michael Burt
Associate Director
Industrial Outlook, Trade & Investment

Canadian exports to the United States over the past decade have been generally stagnant. This indisputable fact has been the source of growing angst and speculation as to its cause. An easy justification is “border thickening”, but as is often ...

Global Recovery Curtailed by Savvy Households

February 16, 2010

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes
Forecasting and Analysis

Are households too smart for the economy’s good? According to a poll conducted by Opinion Search, nearly all Canadians believe that public deficits will, sooner or later, result in a larger tax bill. These results bring up an age-old question among economists: Does ...

The 2000s: They Were the Best of Times; They Were the Worst of Times

February 10, 2010

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

Ask any American or Canadian what they thought about the past ten years and a positive response is highly unlikely. The decade included the 9/11 terrorist attacks and two wars, one in Afghanistan and another in Iraq. In addition, Americans put up ...

Taking Innovation to Puerto Rico: My Cameo Performance

February 04, 2010

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

The concept of innovation can and should be a hot topic for all organizations and nations. I had the opportunity recently to take our ideas on innovation to leaders in Puerto Rico. Little did I know that I ...

Making Us Productive Again

February 01, 2010

Alan Arcand
Principal Economist
Centre for Municipal Studies


Mario Lefebvre
Centre for Municipal Studies

Growth in Canada’s capital/labour ratio experienced a sharp slowdown beginning around 1984. Although growth has picked up in recent years, the country is still paying the price for the past ...

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