September 2013

G20 leaders must solve the stagnation puzzle

When the leaders of the world’s most powerful economies meet at the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday and Thursday, they face an economic puzzle only half-solved. Co-ordinated monetary and fiscal stimulus by the G20 in 2008 and 2009 narrowly prevented a repeat of the Great Depression. However, almost five years after the onset of the global financial crisis, the world economy remains mired in slow growth and high unemployment. 

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Two sides of the same Coyne

In his recent article in the National Post on the “myth” of rising income inequality, Andrew Coyne argues that, when it comes to poverty, “the news is quite remarkably good.”  

He posts a chart showing the proportion of the population living below Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO). This indeed shows a decline from the late 1990s, to under 9%....

Ontario’s full-day kindergarten a success story

The following article by Broadbent Fellow Charles Pascal originally appeared in today's Toronto Star. It is reprinted here with his permission.

Those of us who held the pen a few years back to capture the best global research and practice available regarding the positive impact full-day kindergarten would have on 4- and 5-year-olds, titled our report, “

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