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Taking the long view

Pierre Fortin examines trends in real income per capita in central Canada and the United States [Issue 38, 2016]
by Pierre Fortin

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The left’s “greatest gift to the political right”

Arthur Milner on the problems with public service strikes [Issue 36, 2015]
by Arthur Milner


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The Tsilhqot’in decision and the future of British Columbia

Ken Coates and Gordon Gibson debate the economic impact of the Supreme Court’s Tsilhqot’in decision [Issue 36, 2015]
by Gordon Gibson


A modest proposal for monetary policy

The Bank of Canada needs to pay more attention to exchange rates [Issue 35, 2014]
by Thomas J. Courchene



How tax became a four-letter word

John Myles looks at Tax is Not a Four-Letter Word: A Different Take on Taxes in Canada. [Issue 35, 2014]
by John Myles


Opening the state’s hand to the poor

by John Richards



The interests of immigrants first

In Sweden, immigration is regarded as being primarily for the benefit of the immigrants themselves, and admission of refugees is the main priority. Elin Naurin and Patrik Öhberg report that, despite riots in a Stockholm suburb...
by Elin Naurin


Making Canada’s immigrant selection policies work

In Canada, the primary purpose of immigration is regarded as being to boost the Canadian economy. Herbert Grubel proposes that economic immigrants should be admitted only if they have firm job offers in Canada. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Herbert Grubel



A reset for the child tax benefit system

While the policy case for child benefits is strong, our current way of delivering child benefits in Canada is broken and needs to be reset. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Kevin Milligan


It’s not just income inequality that counts

Henry Milner finds that Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett are on the right track in drawing a correlation between greater equality and favourable social outcomes, but they miss the policy choices [Issue 34, 2013]
by Henry Milner



Between equality and inequality lies opportunity

If income inequality is an important public concern, why does it persist? [From Inroads 33, 2013]
by Finn Poschmann

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Tax policy by referendum: British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform

British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by John Richards



School board democracy

In the Poitou-Charentes region in west-central France, a participatory budget process for high schools has existed since 2005, resulting in greater transparency and the dissemination of more information about school boards. [Fr...
by Laurence Bherer


Haven for the rich,
hell for the rest of us

Tax havens have become sanctuaries for an array of multinational firms and their subsidiaries or corporate parents. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Brigitte Alepin


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Elections in France and Greece cannot resolve Europe’s underlying problems

Ultimately the Greek and French elections signify nothing: they cannot address the toxic economic bonds that make fiscal policy a burning cross-border issue within the eurozone. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Finn Poschmann


Quebec’s distinct welfare state

During the period in which its major and distinctive antipoverty programs were implemented, Quebec appears to have succeeded in virtually eradicating acute poverty for both single- and two-parent families. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Axel Van den berg



Scandinavia or France? Where does the Quebec student strike lead?

Quebec's student strike leads not to Scandinvian higher education but to that in France, Quebec’s students should ask their confrères and consœurs from France if that is the direction they should take. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Henry Milner


Quebec’s Quiet Revolution came at a heavy cost

In the immediate postwar period, Quebec enjoyed substantial advantages. It exploited them to meet short-term objectives as laid out by Fortin. The consequence was the dilapidation of human, social, cultural and economic capital...
by Gary Caldwell