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Unstable Ukrainian Economy the Backdrop for Ongoing Political Drama

December 23, 2013

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

Russia has just played a very aggressive hand in Ukraine by offering to provide $15 billion in new financing and to cut the price of vital natural gas exports. For their part, European Union foreign ministers already offered ...

The Fiscal Benefits of Prevention and Wellness: Fresh Evidence From Alberta

December 12, 2013

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

Common sense would suggest that prevention of illness and improved population health saves money and can help make the health care system more sustainable. That common-sense view has new evidence to support it from a recent study by ...

Narrow Interest Groups Shackle EU and Japanese Recoveries

December 10, 2013

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

Powerful interest groups (think labour unions, farm lobbies, and business groups) are damaging the economic recoveries in many eurozone countries and Japan. The influence they have on government policies that support their aims enables them to extract a bigger piece of the ...

Global Markets Action Plan Sounds The Right Notes … Mostly

November 27, 2013

Danielle  Goldfarb
Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

The federal government’s new Global Markets Action Plan sounds many of the right notes and is a modern restatement of Canada’s foreign trade and investment policy ambitions.

For one thing, it recognizes the vital importance of trade to Canada’s economy, which is further ...

Job Vacancies Help Explain Alberta’s Soaring Wages

November 26, 2013

Todd Crawford Todd A. Crawford
Senior Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Alberta’s workers have become accustomed to larger-than-normal wage gains. Thanks to a strong economy, the average weekly wage in the province has grown faster than the national average by a wide margin over the past decade. The result is that ...

The Green Machine: Will Saskatchewan Roughriders Continue Province's Winning Streak?

November 20, 2013


Director
Centre for Municipal Studies

The 101st Grey Cup will be played in Regina on Sunday. It seems fitting that the hottest economy in the land gets to host this year’s Canadian Football League championship game. Moreover, the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be a part of it! The ...

Is the American Dream Over?

November 12, 2013

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

In his recent book Average Is Over, U.S. economist Tyler Cowen paints a bleak future for America’s middle class. The book details how automation and the increased use of robotics will leave the middle class with low-paying, menial jobs that offer virtually ...

A Labour Market Shortage of 1 Million by 2020? Where We Stand Today

November 11, 2013

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes
Director
Forecasting and Analysis

More than a decade ago, The Conference Board of Canada published in its then-annual flagship report Performance and Potential 2000–01 a summary of our research delving into the coming challenges of labour market pressures. The research relied on demographic projections and a detailed ...

Which Industries Are Creating Jobs?

November 05, 2013

Pedro Antunes Pedro Antunes
Director
Forecasting and Analysis
Alicia Macdonald
Senior Economist
National Forecast

Canada has more than recovered all the jobs it lost during the recession. There are, however, big disparities when it comes to job creation by industry.

Of the 16 major industries covered by Statistics Canada’s ...

Time for Dairy to Go on the Offensive

November 01, 2013

Michael Grant Michael Grant
Director, Research
Centre for Food in Canada

An upcoming report for The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada argues that it is time for the Canadian dairy sector to transition from playing defence to playing offense. The notion of a growing dairy sector ...

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