March 2013

EI reform: stop punishing seasonal workers

Brian Lee Crowley writes in the Globe and Mail that providing seasonal workers with Employment Insurance is a corrosive economic policy that traps workers in Atlantic Canada, and prevents them from being more productive in the oil sands.

Let's assume for the moment that this view is correct, and disallowing seasonal workers from collecting EI is the solution to Alberta's labour shortage.

In 2012 Alberta employers reported around...

Minimum wage hikes: benefits offset the costs

In recent contributions to Economy Lab, Armine Yalnizyan and Mike Moffatt have debated the merits of a minimum wage increase as a way to stimulate the economy.

In fact, the best economic evidence seems to show...