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— Jul 30, 2020
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Technology Startups and Industry-Specific Regulations

Technology Startups and Industry-Specific Regulations finds that heavier regulatory burdens on technology startup companies in Canada are associated with a greater chance that startups will fail—and those burdens can also prevent prospective companies from starting in the first place.

— Jul 28, 2020
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Capital Investment in Canada’s Provinces: A Provincial Report

Capital Investment in Canada's Provinces: A Provincial Report measures growth in investment at the provincial level from 1990 to 2014 and from 2014 to 2018, the most recent year of comparable data. It finds that many of the provinces that historically enjoyed strong levels of investment—such as Alberta and Saskatchewan—have seen investment stall as a result of low oil prices. While British Columbia and Ontario remain strong performers, largely as a result of strong housing and finance sectors, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have consistently lagged the national average over the 30-year period. Newfoundland and Labrador has enjoyed some of the highest investment growth in the country because of large hydroelectric projects currently underway in the province.

— Jan 15, 2020
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Fiscal Policy and Recessions: The Role of Public Infrastructure Spending

Fiscal Policy and Recessions: The Role of Public Infrastructure Spending finds that infrastructure spending is not an effective policy for stimulating the economy during a recession because major infrastructure projects have very long timelines, and the recession will be over by the time shovels hit the ground. There is also evidence from the United States and Canada that increased federal spending on infrastructure merely replaces spending from lower levels of government, meaning the level of overall government spending remains the same.

— Nov 21, 2019
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Evaluating Alberta's Energy Regulator

Evaluating Alberta’s Energy Regulator finds that any meaningful reform of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) must target the corporation’s regulatory objectives, decision-making process and procedures because a sleeker, more efficient AER would be a big step in the right direction for Alberta and Canada as a whole.

— Oct 10, 2019
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The Costs of Slow Economic Growth: Collected Essays

The Costs of Slow Economic Growth finds that from 2011 to 2018, Canada experienced an annual economic growth rate of 2.17 per cent. But that an annual rate of 3 per cent would spur an approximately $45,000 increase in Canada’s per-person income after 20 years.

— Oct 8, 2019
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The Myths of Local Food Policy: Lessons from the economic and social history of the food system finds that despite common misperceptions, locally-grown food isn’t better for the environment, doesn’t provide a more stable food supply and it isn’t necessarily safer to eat. And locally-grown food often increases prices for consumers since the high cost of land in or near big cities means urban agriculture is expensive.

— Jul 23, 2019
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Highly Educated Immigrants: Economic Contributions and Implications for Public Policy

Highly Educated Immigrants: Economic Contributions and Implications for Public Policy finds that Canada is successful at welcoming educated immigrants every year, but when it comes to the most educated immigrants around the world—those with PhDs—the United States remains a more attractive destination. In fact, from 2006 to 2016, approximately 1.5 per cent of immigrants to Canada had PhDs , compared to more than two per cent for the U.S.

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