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May 5, 2015
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The central banker who talked too much

Louis-Philippe Rochon
A central banker that feels the need to defend himself is never a good thing. It leaves the impression of someone who second-guesses himself. Is it time for Stephen Poloz to remain quiet?
Blog
Feb 18, 2015
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What's the solution to a Greek austerity tragedy?

Louis-Philippe Rochon
There is virtual unanimity among heterodox economists about the shortcomings of the euro, yet a deep division exists on whether Greece should leave the euro or push for institutional reforms.
Blog
Jan 22, 2014
Figure 1. Inflation and average real wages, 2010-2013. Source: Statistics Canada

Problematic sources of recent real wage growth

Michal Rozworski
The past 18 months have seen real wages increase in Canada. These real wage gains, however, are not that surprising once we take a look at the behaviour of inflation since the crisis.
Blog
Dec 31, 2011

Why not lock in low interest rates?

Andrew Jackson
The federal government has failed to take up an historic opportunity to lock in ultra-low interest rates on long-term Government of Canada bonds.
Blog
Oct 31, 2011

A new round of Euro austerity

Andrew Jackson
The Euro deal at least averted an immediate banking crisis and induced temporary market euphoria, but it is not going to provide a lasting solution to the Euro sovereign debt crisis.
Podcast
Oct 25, 2011

The growth of consumer debt

Redeye
Credit card debt began to rise sharply in the 1990s with major marketing campaigns. The middle class started to make up for a decline in real wages by using credit to make ends meet.
Blog
Aug 29, 2011

Hurricane Trichet hits Jackson Hole

Erin Weir
European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet does not seem to get it. Far from acknowledging that last month's interest-rate hike was premature, he touts "price stability."
Blog
Aug 24, 2011

Recession ahead?

Andrew Jackson
TD Economics released a rather gloomy report, putting the odds of a U.S. recession at 40 per cent, and arguing that the Canadian economy is more vulnerable to recession than it was in 2008.
Blog
Aug 10, 2011

C. D. Howe's 'overnight moves' need work

Erin Weir
Less than a month ago, the C. D. Howe Institute released Michael Parkin's paper, "Overnight Moves: The Bank of Canada Should Start to Raise Interest Rates Now."
Blog
Jul 20, 2011

Bank of Canada moves to hit the ball

Andrew Jackson
The release of today's Monetary Policy Report from the Bank of Canada follows yesterday's announcement of no change in interest rates, the latest in a long series.

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