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Are Trade Wars Really Easy to Win?

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  • Kip Beckman
| Jul 23, 2018
History reveals that trade wars don’t end well. There are so many moving parts and unintended consequences that it is virtually impossible to predict how things will unfold.

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
What might take place in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada if the deal is scrapped?

NAFTA Termination? Canada’s Proactive Strategy

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  • Brent Dowdall
  • Danielle Goldfarb
  • Kristelle Audet
| Jan 19, 2018
The end of NAFTA would put at risk Canada’s privileged and certain access to the U.S. market and the highly integrated nature of Canada-U.S.-Mexico supply chains.

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
Time’s Ian Bremmer notes that the West has always assumed that the sweeping arc of human development would always favour liberal democracy, but what if we’re wrong?

Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Calgary’s Olympic Bid

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  • Pedro Antunes
| Nov 29, 2017
We chose to conduct an economic impact analysis because this would objectively identify both the level of expenditures necessary to undertake the games, as well as the associated geographic distribution of potential benefits.

Can Health Care and the Free Market Coexist?

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  • Kip Beckman
| Nov 27, 2017
The competitive markets that determine the supply and demand of most goods are absent in the delivery of health care services.

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.