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Aug 25, 2015
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Survey sheds new light on job vacancies

Andrew Jackson
Congratulations to StatsCan on the occasion of the first release from the National Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, with data for the first quarter of this year.
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Apr 2, 2013
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Who is earning too much?

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Last week's publication of the so-called "sunshine" list of 88,412 Ontario public sector workers earning more than $100,000 per year elicited lots of howls of outrage in terms of online commentary.
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Nov 13, 2012
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Mulcair on the economy

Andrew Jackson
Leader of the Opposition Tom Mulcair gave a fine speech on the budget bill on October 24, which can be found in its entirety in Hansard.
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Sep 14, 2012
Figure 3 of Mintz's and Chen's report

Do corporate tax cuts really pay for themselves?

Andrew Jackson
A new paper argues that "corporate tax reductions of more than 30 per cent since 2000 have, contrary to the critics' cries, failed to make an appreciable dent in tax revenues."
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Sep 4, 2012
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Hayek and contemporary neoliberalism

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In the spirit of "know thy enemy," I recently read Hayek's The Road to Serfdom. Hayek is, of course, the totemic figure of neoliberalism who fought Keynes and Keynesian economics in the 1930s.
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Aug 17, 2012
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Canada's economic problem is not high wages

Andrew Jackson
The view that wages are "too high" boils down to saying that workers have no right to share in rising national income, all of which should go to profits and senior managers.
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Aug 1, 2012
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Labour losing to capital

Andrew Jackson
The recently released OECD Employment Outlook has an interesting chapter on the sharp decline of labour's share of national income in virtually all OECD countries over the past 30 years.
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Jul 19, 2012
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Unions, equality and democracy

Andrew Jackson
Unions are an important force for a more democratic society. That is why it is disturbing that Canadian conservatives have recently embraced the extreme anti-union agenda of the American right.
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Jun 25, 2012
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Deflating housing bubble risks recession

Andrew Jackson
Seen in isolation, Finance Minister Flaherty probably did the right thing in seeking to safely deflate the housing bubble and lower the growth of household credit. But he did it very late in the game.
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Jun 18, 2012
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Canada, the IMF and the G20

Andrew Jackson
The Harper government decided to attack Thomas Mulcair on the issue of Canadian support for additional IMF resources to deal with the euro-area crisis.
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May 16, 2012
Toronto EI rally. Photo: Tania Liu/Flickr

Changes to EI tighten the screws on the unemployed

Andrew Jackson
The significant changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program which are to be quickly implemented through Budget 2012 with very little consultation have not received enough critical attention.
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Jan 23, 2012

The political roots of inequality

Andrew Jackson
In the book Winner Take All Politics, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson argue that the key underlying cause of the winner-take-all U.S. economy has been winner-take-all politics.
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Jan 20, 2012

Are there labour and skill shortages in Canada?

Andrew Jackson
Further to my earlier post on this topic, whether or not we are or will soon be experiencing labour and skills shortages is a question of critical importance to the development of sound public policy.
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Jan 10, 2012
Data from CANSIM Table 282-0002

When will the baby boomers retire?

Andrew Jackson
Canada's population, we are frequently told, is rapidly aging. The big baby boomer cohort is headed out of the workforce, meaning that we face a future of very slow labour force growth.
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Jan 5, 2012

Drummond's productivity 'puzzle'

Andrew Jackson
Don Drummond confesses that he has been wrong to believe that changes in public policies are the key to improving Canada's dismal productivity record.

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