The Return of the Gilded Age: Consequences, Causes and Solutions

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To tackle inequality and move towards shared prosperity, we must first understand its causes and consequences.

Download the text of the 2015 Harry Kitchen Lecture in Public Policy, delivered by  Broadbent Institute Senior Policy Advisor Andrew Jackson to the Department of Economics at Trent University.

Cost of home today is double the amount in weeks of labour time compared to 1970s: New study

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We know the nominal dollar cost of a house or a condo today is much higher than it was 10 or 20 years ago. For the first time, Broadbent Institute Policy Fellow and University of Ottawa economist Marc Lavoie looked at the cost of housing in terms of weeks of labour, and found that it's double compared to the 1970s.

Toward Adequate Income Assistance for People with Disabilities in British Columbia

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British Columbia has a long way to go towards providing an adequate and dignified standard of living to persons with disabilities. In Toward Adequate Income Assistance for People with Disabilities in British Columbia, Broadbent policy fellow and Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, Michael Prince, shows that despite a modest increase in the income assistance rate in 2016, persons with disabilities have seen a stealthy decline in assistance rates since 2007.

Current rates leave those on this assistance unable to meet the basic necessities of living. To tackle the systemic disadvantage and indignity facing persons with disabilities in BC, the report calls for a bold plan of social policy that can close the poverty gap and ensure BC’s income assistance system is the best in Canada by 2024

Photo edited, image: Ryan Bushby CC BY 2.5

Progress in the age of Trump

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On April 7th, 2017, the Broadbent Institute released exclusive new polling from Stratcom, looking at Canadian opinion on economic security and levels of support for progressive policy measures. The Broadbent Institute commissioned Stratcom to research current political attitudes among Canadians on issues of inequality and economic security, and in relation to the Trump presidency.

According to the poll results, Canadians largely blame government inaction, on tax policy in particular, for inequality in Canada today and show broad support for investments in national child care, Pharmacare and more generous income assistance programs. Over 82% believe that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else is increasing, and see that as a big concern. A tax system that benefits richer Canadians, government policies that support big business, and too much power in hands of big banks were identified as key reasons for the growth of inequality. Over 80% support closing tax loopholes and cutting down on tax shelters, and introducing a new tax bracket for high income earners.