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This research area covers policies that affect the climate or incentives for business investment, and that influence business growth and innovation stemming from or embodied in human capital, R&D, fixed investments or the organisation of businesses themselves, including corporate governance issues.

Small Business Preferences as a Barrier to Growth: Not so Tall After All
May 20, 2015 - Benjamin Dachis and John Lester
Small business tax breaks do not create significant barriers to growth, but they still come with a high cost, says a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Small Business Preferences...
Simplifying the Rule Book: a Proposal to Reform and Clarify Canada’s Policy on Inward Foreign Direct Investment
May 3, 2015 - A.E. Safarian
Ottawa should end the economic review of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Simplifying the Rule Book: a Proposal to Reform and...
Measuring Innovation in Canada: The Tale Told by Patent Applications
November 28, 2014 - Aaron Jacobs, Benjamin Dachis, Nicholas Chesterley and Robbie Brydon
Alberta and Ontario are leading the pack in innovation as measured by patents filed per capita, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Measuring Innovation in Canada: The Tale...
Tax Policy for a New Era: Promoting Economic Growth and Fairness
November 26, 2014 - Kevin Milligan
Canada’s tax system needs a new blueprint to respond to challenges from global trends, according to a groundbreaking report released today.  In “Tax Policy for a New Era: Promoting Economic Growth...
It’s Alive! Corporate Cash and Business Investment
August 27, 2014 - Finn Poschmann
Policymakers should not overreact to perceptions of corporate ‘dead money’, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “It’s Alive! Corporate Cash and Business Investment,” author Finn...
Capital Needed: Canada Needs More Robust Business Investment
July 17, 2014 - Benjamin Dachis, Nicholas Chesterley and William B.P. Robson
Canada’s performance in business investment per worker relative to its peers is sliding, led by dismal performances in Quebec and Ontario, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Capital...
Daniel Schwanen - Canada Needs a Broader Approach to Fostering Innovation
Intelligence Memos
From: Daniel Schwanen To:  Ministers of Finance and Industry, Science and Innovation Date: December 20, 2017 Re: Canada Needs a Broader Approach to Fostering Innovation Canada’s mediocre innovation...
Catherine L. Mann - Four Challenges of Inclusive Growth From the OECD’s Chief Economist
Intelligence Memos
From: Catherine L. Mann To: Concerned Canadians Date: September 12, 2017 Re:  Four Challenges of Inclusive Growth from the OECD’s chief economist 1.  The challenge of measuring inclusiveness. A...
Our Workers Outgunned: Financial Post Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Business investment in Canada is weak. The 2017 federal budget highlighted how it is lagging the rest of the economy. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and his colleagues have expressed concerns...

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10 Jan 2018
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10
  • 2018 Financial Outlook
Roundtable Luncheon with Rahim Hirji, Benjamin Tal, and Barbara Zvan
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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13 Dec 2017
Dec
13
  • Inside Access: Innovation Policy in Canada: A Holistic Approach
Conference Call with Daniel Schwanen, Vice President, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
30 Oct 2017
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30
  • Innovation Policy: Is This Time Different?
Roundtable Luncheon with Dr. Peter Nicholson, Iain Stewart and Dr. David Wolfe
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Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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