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The “He-Cession”

April 15, 2011

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

At first glance, U.S. labour markets definitely appear to be on the mend. In March, the economy generated 216,000 new jobs on the heels of a 194,000 gain in February. Better yet, the unemployment rate, which was approaching 10 per cent last ...

Food Prices Are Rising, But Don’t Panic!

April 11, 2011

Kip Beckman Lin Ai
Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Agriculture prices have soared since last summer, with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reporting that its aggregate food price index has risen by 45 per cent since June 2010. Yet, the rate of increase for consumer prices of food here ...

From Just-in-Time to Just-in-Case: Global Turmoil Forcing a Re-think of Supply Chains

April 05, 2011

 Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

Almost all organizations rely on supply chains for their operations. For decades, firms in many sectors, but especially in manufacturing, have focused on going global and making their supply chains as efficient as possible to keep ...

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