Now that Albertans are getting on pogey as the oil economy has collapsed, you'd think we'd at least be spared the lectures about how economically virtuous Albertans are compared to Maritimers.
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Can China be more than a market for Canadian staple resources -- and more than a source of upward pressure behind the global prices of those staples?
Alistair and Sheila Dow, two leading heterodox economists from the U.K., apply the main features of staples analysis to the case of the financial sector and find surprising similarities.
In this commentary on Mel Watkins' staple theory, Thomas Gunton applies staples analysis to the current boom in resource-oriented petroleum developments in Canada.
There is an intersection between the "staples trap" and a new, more ominous "carbon trap," that must be addressed centrally in modern policy responses to the challenge of staples dependence.
Dan Ciuriak imagines how the discovery of some future new staple might spur Canadian policy-making to think more effectively about how to make the most of our resource wealth.
The next installment in our special series celebrating Mel Watkins' work focuses our attention on the latest staple boom to remake Canada's economy: the bitumen sands of northern Alberta.
Daniel Wilson reviews two new papers from the MacDonald-Laurier Institute concerning Indigenous interests in the resource economy.