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The Progressive Economics Forum: Central Agencies in Canada

Do you ever sit in bed late at night wondering what it is that Finance Canada, the Privy Council Office and Treasury Board Secretariat actually do? Well, wonder no more my friends! Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’ve written a blog post titled “Ten things to know about central agencies […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Central Agencies in Canada

The Progressive Economics Forum: Economics for Everyone, 2nd Ed.: Book Tour!

The second edition of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism was co-published by Pluto Books, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Fernwood Publishing this summer. With the federal election now safely behind us, I am pleased to announce a series of book launch events in 4 cities. Details are . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Economics for Everyone, 2nd Ed.: Book Tour!

The Progressive Economics Forum: Balanced Budget Myopia Breaks Both Ways

Opinions on deficit budgeting have become a short-hand litmus test in Canadian politics. Deficits are left-wing and balanced budgets are right-wing austerity. Economists know that there is virtually no difference between a small surplus and a small deficit, but politicians and voters are a different story.

I have spent the past three and half years . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Balanced Budget Myopia Breaks Both Ways

The Progressive Economics Forum: Economics for Everyone: Second Edition

This week marks the official publication release of the second edition of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism. In this blog I explain my motivations in writing the book, and promoting critical economic literacy more generally; the commentary was originally published by Pluto Books (the international publisher). The book is . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Economics for Everyone: Second Edition

The Progressive Economics Forum: (Macro) Econ 101

On December 2, Chris Ragan wrote a column for the Globe and Mail titled “Another (Macro) Defense of Econ 101.” The link to his column is available here . My brief reply was published in the Globe and Mail on December 13. The full version is below:

Professor Ragan defends conventional (macro) Econ 101 as . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: (Macro) Econ 101

The Progressive Economics Forum: Economics 101

On October 21, Chris Ragan wrote a column for the Globe and Mail titled “In defence of Economics 101.” The link to his column is available here.

On October 24, Marc Lavoie, Louis-Philippe Rochon and Mario Seccareccia replied to him. The link to their response is available here.

The Progressive Economics Forum: Debunking Fraser Institute’s latest contortion on taxes

The Fraser Institute’s annual Consumer Tax Index report generated some media buzz with its outlandish claims about just how much taxes have risen since 1961. Before you get worked up about this, consider that 1961 was over half a century ago, before the time of universal health care that we all benefit from, before the . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Debunking Fraser Institute’s latest contortion on taxes

The Progressive Economics Forum: Alex Usher is Wrong on Tuition Fees

Earlier today, over at the Academic Matters web site, I addressed the issue of whether Canada’s current system of high tuition fees and means-tested student aid is in fact “progressive.” My post was a response to a Alex Usher‘s May 9 blog post. My blog post can be found here.

The Progressive Economics Forum: A Trillion Dollar Coin for Canada?

Arun here…breaking radio silence to share with you a thought-provoking piece by Larry Kazdan, a graduate of York University in sociology and history, and currently a Council Member with the World Federalist Movement-Canada, an organization that monitors developments at the United Nations and advocates for more effective global governance.

Our friend and fellow blogger Keith . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: A Trillion Dollar Coin for Canada?

The Progressive Economics Forum: Why Is Tom Mulcair Opposed to Tax Increases?

A recent online article suggests that Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is opposed to increasing federal tax rates. I find this quite surprising.

According to the August 8 article:

Mulcair seemed surprised when he was asked if taxes would go up under an NDP government.

“You’re the first person who’s ever asked me that,” he . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Why Is Tom Mulcair Opposed to Tax Increases?

The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Events at Annual Conference of the CEA

For the 15th consecutive year, the Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) is sponsoring its own events at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA). This year’s Annual Conference of the CEA is taking place at HEC Montréal.

PEF events will take place in the May 31 – June 2 period. All information pertaining to . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Events at Annual Conference of the CEA

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Economic Crisis: Notes from the Underground

Tom Palley has published a new book – The Economic Crisis: Notes from the Underground. I recommend it unread, having learned a lot from his excellent recent book, From Financial Crisis to Stagnation.

The back cover description follows. The book can be ordered – for just $9.99 – from

http://www.amazon.com/The-Economic-Crisis-Notes-Underground/dp/147500480X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1344344088&sr=8-3&keywords=Thomas+Palley

This book provides a collection . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Economic Crisis: Notes from the Underground

The Progressive Economics Forum: If You Could Change One Thing

I had a great change of pace last week, when I stayed out at the CAW Family Education Centre at Port Elgin to teach a 5-day course on “Economics for Trade Unionists” through the CAW’s Paid Educational Leave program.

While I have guest lectured many times at Port Elgin, I have never actually taught a . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: If You Could Change One Thing

The Progressive Economics Forum: Quebec Tuition: Between a Rock and Hard Place?

In the context of student protests over Quebec tuition fees, my friend Luan Ngo has just written a very informative blog post on Quebec’s fiscal situation.

While I encourage readers to read his full post, I do want to use the present space to make mention of three important points he makes:

-On a per . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Quebec Tuition: Between a Rock and Hard Place?