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Large Inheritances, Wealth Inequality, and Real Equality of Opportunity

Thomas Piketty argues in his recent bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, that capitalism has a natural tendency towards ever increasing concentration of wealth, and that inheritances play a major...

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Remembering Stephen Clarkson

Not a year since the death of Abe Rotstein, another giant from the University of Toronto's political science department has passed away. Stephen Clarkson died this past Sunday at the age...

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The case for fiscal policy to spur growth

Developments in the Canadian economy have forced an important re-thinking of the respective roles of monetary and fiscal policy in supporting stable growth and job creation. But mainstream thinking about...

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Redistribution of Working Time Should be on the Policy Agenda

More than twenty years ago, back in 1994, the federal government released the report of the Advisory Group on Working Time and Distribution of Work. (Disclosure: I served as the...

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Budget submission 2016 — charting a progressive agenda

The Broadbent Institute is an independent, non partisan organization that promotes progressive change. Grounded in social democratic values and ideas, the Institute seeks to deepen our democracy, encourage strong action...

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Canada and the TPP: Continuity or change under the Liberals?

As the new Liberal Government takes over the reins of power from the Harper government it will be interesting to see what has and hasn’t changed in Canada’s approach to...

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Employment insurance measures a must for fiscal stimulus

Low oil prices have taken their toll on an already weak Canadian economy, where household debt levels are at record highs and business investment continues to lag. The Bank of...

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Apocalypse Now? Declining dollar, ultralow oil prices and Canada's path forward

With a plunging Canadian dollar, collapsing oil prices, slumping stock markets and signs that the economy stalled in the last quarter of 2015, it is easy to think that we...

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Remembering Ellen Meiksins Wood

*** Celebrated political theorist and socialist historian Ellen Meiksins Wood passed away at her Ottawa home on Thursday at the age of 73 after battling cancer. Ellen is survived by beloved...

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Fighting seniors poverty

The new Liberal government is on track to seriously address the growing problem of poverty in old age. But their election promises need some critical reconsideration.