Poverty and Inequality

— Dec 15, 2016
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Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2016 Generosity Index

Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2016 Generosity Index finds that the percentage of Canadians claiming charitable donations on their taxes—and the amount they’re giving as a percentage of their income—is the lowest it’s been in a decade. And Americans donate two-and-a-half times more to charities than Canadians, as a percentage of income. The state of Utah tops the list of 64 North American jurisdictions in the Index. Manitoba (37th place) remains the highest ranked Canadian jurisdiction.

— Sep 28, 2016
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The Myth of Middle-Class Stagnation in Canada finds that Canada’s middle class, instead of stagnating economically, has actually seen its income increase by as much as 52 per cent since 1976, and the average Canadian worker also has to work far fewer hours to afford similar, although vastly improved common household goods such as televisions and cameras.

— Sep 7, 2016
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Consumption Inequality in Canada: Is the Gap Growing

Consumption Inequality in Canada: Is the Gap Growing? spotlights differences in consumption and income inequality since the late 1960s. It finds that despite alarmist claims to the contrary, when measuring consumption, the inequality gap in Canadians’ living standards has increased a paltry 3.4 per cent over the past 40 years. In fact, when income inequality statistics are properly measured (i.e. after taxes and adjusted for household size) the study finds income inequality has increased modestly by 11.5 percent.

— Jul 21, 2016
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How Income and Wealth are "Earned" Matters in Understanding Inequality

How Income and Wealth are “Earned” Matters in Understanding Inequality spotlights several countries and the different ways people earn income and accumulate wealth. Understating these differences is essential in understanding the nature of income and wealth inequality—and the potential problems it may pose.

— Apr 21, 2016
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Measuring Income Mobility in Canada, 2016 finds that Canada has high levels of income mobility -- the ability of individuals to move up the income ladder. For example, within a 10 year period (1993 to 2012), nine of every 10 Canadians in the lowest income group moved to a higher income group.

— Mar 3, 2016
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Despite good intentions, raising the minimum wage will do little to reduce poverty mainly because most minimum-wage earners don’t live in low-income household. Raising the Minimum Wage: Misguided Policy, Unintended Consequences diffuses the notion that the typical minimum-wage earner is a single parent struggling to survive.

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