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Why Do We Still Work So Hard?

July 29, 2013

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist

Economic Services

In 1930, the renowned economist John Maynard Keynes wrote a fascinating essay entitled “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren.” In it, he contended that if mankind was smart enough to avoid major conflicts (good luck with that), standards of living could rise eightfold over the following ...

Nova Scotia’s Two-Gear Economy: The Shape of Things to Come

July 25, 2013

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

The Nova Scotia economy is operating at two very different speeds—a modest pace for the Halifax region and a much slower speed for the rest of the province. This two-gear economy will present mounting challenges in the years ...

Who Will Buy the Baby Boomers’ Single-Detached Homes?

July 23, 2013

Alicia Macdonald

Julie Adès
Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Today, about 60 per cent of Canadians live in single-detached homes. However, demographic changes suggest that the demand for multiple-dwelling homes, including condominium apartments, will account for a growing share of residential demand in the coming years. The rising popularity of smaller ...

Temporary Foreign Workers: Filling a Void?

July 22, 2013

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

In 2006, the Conference Board published a report on Alberta’s looming labour shortages. At the time, energy investment was increasing rapidly, most of the country was performing well economically, and employers were finding it more ...

Setting the Odds on a Canada–EU deal

July 19, 2013



Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Time is running out for Canada to complete a free trade agreement with the European Union.

The most plausible scenario is that a deal will still be made, but several deadlines for completion have already been missed and an alternate scenario could ...

The Young and the Jobless

July 15, 2013

Pedro Antunes Pedro Antunes
Director
Forecasting and Analysis
Alicia Macdonald

Senior Economist
National Forecast

Since October 2008 (the pre-recession employment peak) the Canadian economy has created about 574,000 jobs. But quite clearly from the chart, Canada’s youth are being left behind when it comes to job creation.

Even drilling ...

The “Unfortunate Truth” About Alberta’s Floods—They Will Boost GDP

July 12, 2013

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes
Director
Forecasting and Analysis

Marie-Christine Bernard

Marie-Christine Bernard
Associate Director
Provincial Forecast

With the rains now turning to sun and the waters receding, Southern Albertans are left with a post-flood nightmare—disrupted lives, homes damaged or destroyed, business activity interrupted, and significant losses to private capital, inventories, etc. ...

Growing Business Success among Canada’s Farms

July 09, 2013

Photo of James Stuckey James Stuckey
Research Associate
Organizational Effectiveness and Learning

Farming can be very profitable, but there is no guarantee. Original research by the Conference Board shows that since 2000, almost 30 per cent of farms have had profit margins over 20 per cent, while almost 30 per cent lost money ...

The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Industry

July 09, 2013

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

Instead of saving the best for last, we begin our series “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Looking at Canada’s Post-Recession Job Market” with a look at an industry that has posted some of ...

La farce du renflouement des Coyotes se poursuit en Arizona

July 05, 2013

Glen Hodgson
Vice-président principal et économiste en chef
Prévisions et analyses

Directeur
Centre des études municipales

English version

Il semble qu’une entente ait finalement vu le jour pour « sauver » l’équipe qui changera bientôt de nom pour s’appeler les Coyotes de l’Arizona. Pour l’instant, ...

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