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Enduring Virtues: Saving and Investing as National Priorities in 2017
January 31, 2017 - William B.P. Robson

Sagging national saving, undermined by government deficits, threaten Canada’s future economic prosperity, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Enduring Virtues: Saving and...

What do the Different Measures of GDP Tell Us?
December 8, 2016 - Philip Cross

How one views GDP has important implications for policymaking, states a new working paper from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "What do the Different Measures of GDP Tell Us?", author Phillip Cross ...

Ripple Effects: Oil Price Shocks and Monetary Policy
August 30, 2016 - Steve Ambler

August 30, 2016 – The effects of large oil price shocks on the Canadian economy are complex, as is the best response of monetary policy, but getting it wrong can be very costly, according to a new...

Taking the Economic Pulse: An Improved Tool to Help Track Economic Cycles in Canada
July 26, 2016 - Jeremy Kronick

A new business cycle measurement developed by a C.D. Howe analyst provides further evidence that there was no recession in 2015, according to a new Institute report. In “Taking the Economic Pulse...

Challenges, Growth and Opportunity: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2015
April 14, 2015 - Alexandre Laurin and William B.P. Robson

Confronting economic challenges from abroad will require a sound fiscal framework, economic policies that promote growth, and measures to create opportunities for Canadians, according to the C.D....

What Now? Addressing the Burden of Canada's Slow-Growth Recovery
July 29, 2014 - Christopher Ragan

The Canadian economy continues to face serious macroeconomic challenges, the most important of which is addressing the burden of a slow-growth recovery, according to a report from the C.D. Howe...

Laurence Kotlikoff - Our Economic Future and How to Fix It
Intelligence Memos
From: Laurence Kotlikoff To: Global policymakers Date: June 8, 2018 Re: Our Economic Future and How to Fix It (An extract of remarks at the C.D. Howe Institute’s annual Jack Mintz Lecture) Let me...
Business Cycle Council Communique – December 2017
Council Report
December 13, 2017
The C.D. Howe Institute’s Business Cycle Council met on Wednesday December 13 to review its assessments of Canadian business cycle dates. The C.D. Howe Institute Business Cycle Council, chaired by...
Is Canada prepared for the next big financial crisis?: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Canada has unfinished business when it comes to preparing for the next big financial crisis. Certainly, our financial system held up comparatively well in the 2008 crisis, and lots has been done, but...

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