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In recent issues we have assessed broad economic issues facing Quebec and compared its economic performance to that of the other provinces. In two previous issues (Winter/Spring 2009 and Winter/Spring 2010), Pierre Fortin made the case that Quebec has achieved a more equal income distribution than the other provinces and done so while maintaining a reasonable record of productivity. John Myles (in Winter/Spring 2010) emphasized that, in Quebec and elsewhere across Canada, “homogamy” is on the rise: that is, men with incomes above average are now more likely to marry above-average-income women, below-average-income men to marry below-average-income women. François Vaillancourt and Mathieu Laberge (also in Winter/Spring 2010) sounded several notes of caution.

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