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  • Kari Polanyi-Levitts New Book

    posted to The Progressive Economics Forum on Sun 6th Oct 13

    The much respected progressive economist, and my long time friend and intellectual soulmade, Kari Polanyi Levitt, having just turned 90, has published a book of no less than 16 scholarly articles, all written in the past 25 years and mostly much more recently.

  • What happened to the recovery?

    posted to The Progressive Economics Forum on Thu 3rd Oct 13

    (The following isslightly adapted from a short piece on page 3 in the new issue of Economy at Work, the quarterly publication I produce for CUPE, which also covers a lot ofother relevant issues.) Its been a little over four years since Canadas economy bottomed

  • Royalties should be the Keystone of Saskatchewans Petroleum Policy

    posted to The Progressive Economics Forum on Thu 3rd Oct 13

    The Saskatchewan Party has appropriated the provinces name, flag and football team. More recently, it asserted a new symbol of Saskatchewan patriotism: the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Earlier this year, provincial energy and resources minister Tim McMillan

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  • Social Statistics: Ignorance Is Bliss

    posted to The Progressive Economics Forum on Thu 12th Apr 12

    Pretty soon asking even the most basic social policy questions will require huge amounts of investment in primary research. Regularly published statistical reports and summaries are disappearing by the minute. The elimination of the National Council of Welfare

  • The Inflation-Control Target

    posted to The Progressive Economics Forum on Tue 8th Nov 11

    So, the 2% inflation target has been renewed as it now stands. (Take that, House of Commons Finance Committee, which is holding hearings on the issue next week.) The background report from the Bank of Canada is pretty self-congratulatory, though it does somewhat

  • Gloomy Days Ahead?

    posted to The Progressive Economics Forum on Sun 13th Mar 11

    I attended an interesting forum on the economic outlook yesterday afternoon. Organized by Canada 2020, the speakers were noted US economist Brad DeLong (UCal Berkley, former senior Treasury official under Clinton, and Paul Krugman soul mate on macro issues

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