economic crisis

Blog
Aug 24, 2011

Recession ahead?

Andrew Jackson
TD Economics released a rather gloomy report, putting the odds of a U.S. recession at 40 per cent, and arguing that the Canadian economy is more vulnerable to recession than it was in 2008.
Blog
Aug 19, 2011

On balancing the budget

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Watt has written an especially cogent piece on why the balanced budget rule proposed for the Euro area by Merkel and Sarkozy is a very, very bad idea.
Blog
Aug 13, 2011

Modern Monetary Theory: What it means for Canada

Keith Newman
While Modern Monetary Theory deals with the details of monetary and fiscal matters, the implications of its analysis are much broader, especially in current political times.
Blog
Aug 13, 2011

Market mayhem

Andrew Jackson
The wild swings in the markets this week serve as another reminder of the weakness of linkage between levels and changes in financial asset values and levels and changes in real economic variables.
Blog
Aug 11, 2011

Thoughts on 'Why not print money?'

Marc Lee
Once we start talking about "printing money," the danger is that misunderstandings about what money is get amplified. It is the belief that a colourful piece of paper has a certain value that matters.
Blog
Aug 9, 2011

About those 'unfunded liabilities'

Marc Lee
When it comes to the Canada Pension Plan, a major talking point from the right is that the CPP has "unfunded liabilities," with the implication that it is financially unsustainable. This is nonsense.
Blog
Aug 8, 2011

The new phase of the financial crisis

Andrew Jackson
We face a new crisis, or at least a stock market correction of major proportions, which may precipitate a new phase of the crisis. How should governments be responding to the panic in the markets?
Blog
Jul 27, 2011

The myth of expansionary austerity

Andrew Jackson
As the U.S. and Europe turn from stimulus to fiscal austerity, claims are heard that spending cuts actually stimulate economic growth. However there is rarely any such thing as expansionary austerity.
Blog
Jul 12, 2011

Navigating challenging economic waters

Marc Lee
Down south, the Obama administration is in a dangerous game of chicken with Republican congressional leaders, who are cynically holding the U.S. economy hostage.
Blog
Jul 4, 2011

Rationalizing corporate Canada's cash stash

Erin Weir
Cash hoarding is a critical point in the debate about corporate taxes. If incremental after-tax profits are being deposited, lower corporate tax rates likely just produce higher piles of cash.
Blog
Jul 2, 2011

The Conservative plague attacking Canada

Gerry Caplan
What have Canadians done to evoke the wrath of the heavens? It's a trifecta, folks. Harper the asbestos killer in Ottawa, Ford the city-wrecker in Toronto and Hudak the math-challenged in Ontario.
Blog
Jun 27, 2011

Best books on the economic crisis

Andrew Jackson
With the summer reading season at hand, here is a short list of the best books I have read over the last couple of years on the roots and implications of the Great Recession.
Blog
Jun 16, 2011

Incomes in Canada: Booming and busted

Armine Yalnizyan
What comes through loud and clear in the "Income in Canada" report is the fractured nature of the Canadian economy in the wake of the global recession: one part booming, the other part is busted.
Blog
Jun 15, 2011

Incomes and the recession

Andrew Jackson
Today's Statistics Canada release "Income of Canadians" provides data for 2009 and a partial reading on the devastating impact of the recession upon working families.
Columnists
Mar 22, 2011

Economic inequality is not 'realistic'

Why is greed and love of money considered good in the case of a wealthy investor, while the wider desire for a decent living standard is considered an expectation to be curbed in ordinary citizens?
Podcast
Feb 10, 2011
Redeye

The myth of economic recovery

Redeye
Author Richard Wolff speaks with Redeye about the reality of the global economic meltdown. Wolff argues that the only way to avoid the instability of capitalism is to fundamentally change the system.

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