About the Event
Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.
Speakers & Instructors
Minimum Wage, Minimal Impact: Anti-Poverty Policy in Ontario
In recent years, there has been substantial activity surrounding anti-poverty policy in Ontario. The minimum wage has been significantly increased, while a pilot program for a "universal basic income" was implemented but has subsequently been cancelled by the new provincial government. This presentation will provide an overview and analysis of recent developments in this policy area and assess the extent to which various policy options have the best prospects for meaningfully improving the lives of economically vulnerable Ontarians.
Why we created Maple and what that means for the Canadian healthcare system
Canadians have the longest wait times in the developed world to see a physician. At the same time, only half of Canadian doctors work full year, full time. Maple, a 24/7 on-demand telemedicine platform, was designed as a solution to match Canada’s excess physician capacity to meet our desperate need for more physician care. In creating this service, Maple has upended traditional paradigms of care delivery, introducing Canada to unprecedented access to care, with unprecedented levels of cost efficiency.
Taxes, Spending, and Economic Growth
An overview of how taxes impact incentives for productive behavior, including analysis of controversial topics such as the Laffer Curve, inequality, the flat tax, and tax havens. The presentation also will cover the other side of the fiscal ledger, examining how government spending affects economic growth. Specifics issues to be addressed include the Rahn Curve, the welfare state, and federalism.
Leave Me Alone and I'll Make You Rich: How The Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World
The usual stories about modern economic growth are tied up in Nots. The Industrial Revolution did not happen because of saving, science, soil, or slavery. Instead, it happened because people changed how they think and talk about business and innovation. They learned to mind their own business--literally--and enriched the world.
Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster
Disasters—such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires—cause substantial damage to communities every year. How do communities recover after such traumatic events? In our research, we found that local entrepreneurs are key to disaster recovery. Through hundreds of interviews conducted after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, we found that in community after community, entrepreneurs provide goods and services, restore disrupted social networks, and signal that recovery is underway.