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Rome is Burning

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  • Kip Beckman
| Jun 21, 2018
The nightmare known as the Italian debt crisis, which had been simmering on the back burner for a few years, has come back to life at a particularly inopportune time.

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

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  • Kip Beckman
| Jun 06, 2018
The greatest risk to the U.S. economic outlook is rapidly developing labour shortages. If firms can’t find the workers to run their operations, the economic expansion could grind to a halt.

More Than Just Mexico’s Economy at Stake in NAFTA Talks

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  • Kip Beckman
| Feb 01, 2018

NAFTA Termination? Canada’s Proactive Strategy

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| Jan 19, 2018

Almost Paradise: Cracking Down on Tax Havens

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  • Brent Dowdall
| Jan 10, 2018
Some observers have been quick to call for investigations and prosecutions of those mentioned in the Paradise Papers, a high-profile exposé of the financial dealings of the world’s wealthy.

The Ultimate Reign of Liberal Democracy?

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  • Kip Beckman
| Dec 19, 2017

Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Calgary’s Olympic Bid

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  • Pedro Antunes
| Nov 29, 2017

Can Health Care and the Free Market Coexist?

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  • Kip Beckman
| Nov 27, 2017

Are E-Retailers Responsible for Inflation’s Demise?

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  • Kip Beckman
| Oct 16, 2017
Labour markets have been tightening sharply in the United States and Canada. The unemployment rate in the U.S. is well below 5 per cent, while in Canada the rate is quickly approaching 6 per cent. Generally, this development leads to rising inflation, as employers offer higher wages to attract new workers. Yet inflation in both countries remains below the 2 per cent target established by the central banks in both countries.

Why Is Canada Rich While Other Countries Are So Poor?

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  • Kip Beckman
| Sep 22, 2017
The celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday was a time for Canadians to reflect on how lucky we are to live in a wealthy country. There were certainly no guarantees way back in the 19th century that Canada would develop into a rich country.