About the Event
Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.
Speakers & Instructors
Getting Anti-Poverty Policy Right: Minimum Wages, Minimum Incomes, Both, or Neither?
There has been a recent surge in anti-poverty initiatives in Canada. Provincial governments around the country have raised minimum wages in a stated effort to fight poverty; the federal government has announced detailed long-term poverty reduction targets; and Ontario has begun, started to implement, and then announced the cancellation of a universal basic income pilot program. All of the different strategies governments are using to try to fight poverty are well-intentioned, but which among them will actually work? Ben Eisen will examine the anti-poverty policy landscape in Canada and discuss what the evidence says about whether the various government schemes are likely to raise living standards for the most economically vulnerable Canadians.
What Are the Tradeoffs In Electoral Systems?
Current research on electoral reform finds that any replacement of British Columbia's current First-Past-The-Post electoral system with a form of Proportional Representation will require trade-offs, an understanding of the impact that such changes will have on the way votes are counted, and an awareness of the impact that the new system may have on the legislature and the party system.
Does Canada Really Need NAFTA?
Prof. Globerman will review the current status of the NAFTA negotiations, emphasizing what is problematic for Canada about U.S. demands. He will consider what the termination of NAFTA might mean for Canada and whether a termination is better than acceding to U.S. demands.
Philosophy, Economics, and Pop Culture
That fiction can often help illustrate philosophical ideas has been known since Plato’s Republic. From Homer’s Iliad to Homer Simpson, insights about society, politics, and justice are always there waiting to be appreciated. Prof. Skoble will look at how some recent movies and television shows help illuminate some key concepts about economy, markets, and liberal order.
Keeping It Real: Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals and their Consequences
Prof. Acri will explore the market for counterfeit pharmaceuticals, examining the dimensions of the problems, the challenges of fighting fake drugs, the health consequences, and the economic impact of the illicit trade. She will discuss the consequences for patients, payers, governments, and regulators.