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Oct 18, 2011

Recent immigrants and the employment crisis

Andrew Jackson
It is no secret that times of high unemployment and precarious work are especially tough for new and recent entrants to the job market, notably young workers and recent immigrants.
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Oct 16, 2011

Europe, G20 and financial transactions taxes

Toby Sanger
Thanks mostly to the superb campaigning by international development, poverty and environmental activists, there's been remarkable progress in getting Europe to introduce financial transactions taxes.
Columnists
Oct 14, 2011

Canada's billionaires

In honour of the Occupy protesters and their noble cause (demanding more attention to the 99 per cent, instead of the 1 per cent), let's peruse together the sordid details of Canada's ultra-rich.
Blog
Oct 14, 2011

The prime minister and the G20

Andrew Jackson
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's op ed in the Globe and Mail yesterday on his hopes for the Cannes summit is disappointing, even if the content comes as no surprise.
Blog
Oct 12, 2011

What do the Wall Street occupiers want?

Brian Topp
Wall Street is "occupied." What do they want, those protesters and their sympathizers? It is blindly obvious what the Wall Street occupiers and ordinary people all around the world want.
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Occupy Wall Street

rabblepedia
The Occupy Wall Street movement refers to a series of demonstrations that began in New York City on September 17, 2011.
Blog
Oct 5, 2011

Ontario's stimulating election platforms

Erin Weir
A common refrain has been that all of Ontario's election platforms are unrealistic given a deteriorating economic outlook. We should evaluate how each party's platform would fare in a downturn.
Blog
Oct 4, 2011

The fundamentals are pretty shaky

Andrew Jackson
The official line we hear every day is that the Canadian fundamentals are great, while other countries are in deep trouble because they are spending beyond their means and borrowing too much.
Blog
Sep 30, 2011

The G20 and jobs

Andrew Jackson
The meeting of G20 Labour Ministers in Paris on September 26-27, held in advance of the November G20 summit in Cannes, reached some conclusions which go some way toward living up to prior commitments.
Blog
Sep 29, 2011

Wage deflation confirmed

Andrew Jackson
In an earlier post, I noted that falling real wages, as indicated by July and August data from the Labour Force Survey, signalled trouble ahead.
Blog
Sep 29, 2011

It's time to stop giving money to the rich

Brian Topp
A spectre is haunting Europe -- and the United States. That spectre: the proposition that the time has come to stop borrowing billions of dollars every year in order to give it to rich people.
Columnists
Sep 22, 2011

Profile of displaced workers

There's an interesting new research report from Statistics Canada profiling workers who were displaced in the recent recession and comparing the outcomes to previous recessions in earlier decades.
Blog
Sep 16, 2011

Falling real wages signal trouble ahead

Andrew Jackson
The Labour Force Survey for August showed that average hourly wages were up by just 1.4 per cent from a year earlier. It seems that we have entered a period of falling real wages.
Blog
Sep 9, 2011

The history of the post-9/11 world

Gerry Caplan
Ten years after the trauma of 9/11, the richest 1 per cent of Americans earn as much as the bottom 60 per cent and have as much wealth as the bottom 90 per cent. But you ain't seen nothing yet.
Blog
Aug 30, 2011

When the rich and powerful overplay their hand

James Laxer
We are in the grip of a socio-economic crisis in which the rich and the powerful in the world refuse to share the burden of coping with the economic disaster they did so much to unleash.
Blog
Aug 29, 2011

Hurricane Trichet hits Jackson Hole

Erin Weir
European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet does not seem to get it. Far from acknowledging that last month's interest-rate hike was premature, he touts "price stability."
Blog
Aug 25, 2011

The macro-economics of financing employment insurance

Andrew Jackson
The federal government has launched consultations on EI premium setting. This provides the opportunity to shift from an ad hoc system to one that is more fair to workers and economically rational.

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