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The Progressive Economics Forum: Winner of the 2016 Galbraith Prize

The Progressive Economics Forum is pleased to announce Marjorie Griffith Cohen as the winner of the 2016 Galbraith Prize in Economics. Our selection committee included past winner Lars Osberg, Joan McFarland (St. Thomas University), Angella MacEwan (CLC), Fletcher Baragar (Manitoba) and David Pringle (PEF), and was chaired by Marc Lee (CCPA-BC). Marjorie has accepted the […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Winner of the 2016 Galbraith Prize

The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Summer School 2016

If you are in Ottawa or close by, and are interested in the ideas and debates that are shaping today’s economy, then we have a summer school for you. PEF Summer School 2016: Expanding Economic Thinking University of Ottawa, Ottawa Thursday June 2, 2016 8:00am-5:15pm Learn in a day what you may have missed from […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Summer School 2016

The Progressive Economics Forum: 2016 PEF Student Essay Contest: Deadline Extended

The 2016 Student Essay Contest deadline has been extended to Monday, May 9. Please use this submission form. You can download a poster (English, French) here — please help us out and circulate the word to students. ====================== 2016 PEF ESSAY CONTEST RULES Deadline: 9 May, 2016 All entrants receive a complimentary 1-year membership in […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: 2016 PEF Student Essay Contest: Deadline Extended

The Progressive Economics Forum: 2016 PEF Student Essay Contest is Open!

Please see the essay contest rules (bilingual) and use this submission form. You can download a poster (English, French) here — please help us out and post one in your department. Deadline for submissions is May 2, 2016. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: 2016 PEF Student Essay Contest is Open!

The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF 2015 Student Essay Competition

The 2015 competition is now open for submissions. Deadline 04 May 2015.

Please help us get the word out! Download a poster here.

2015 PEF ESSAY CONTEST RULES

ELIGIBILE ENTRANTS ➢ Open to all Canadian students, studying in Canada and abroad, as well as international students presently studying in Canada. All entrants receive a complimentary . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF 2015 Student Essay Competition

The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Events at This Year’s Annual Conference of the CEA

For the 15th consecutive year, the Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) will be sponsoring events at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (which takes place this month in Vancouver). PEF events will take place this Friday and Saturday; details pertaining to all PEF events can be found at this link.

Once again this year, . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Events at This Year’s Annual Conference of the CEA

The Progressive Economics Forum: Winner of the 2014 Galbraith Prize

The Progressive Economics Forum is pleased to announce Lars Osberg as the Winner of the 2014 Galbraith Prize in Economics. Our selection committee included past winners Mel Watkins, John Loxley and Mike McCracken, plus Lana Payne and Linda McQuaig. Lars has accepted the Prize and will deliver the Galbraith Lecture at the Canadian Economics Association . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Winner of the 2014 Galbraith Prize

The Progressive Economics Forum: Economists Against Austerity

Statement by 70 Canadian Economists Against Austerity

We, the undersigned, strongly urge the federal government to stop implementing fiscal austerity measures just to achieve its political goal of budgetary balance by 2015.

Since the mid-1990s, we have witnessed an era during which, under the influence of the same economists who had also advised the deregulation . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Economists Against Austerity

The Progressive Economics Forum: 2014 Essay Contest

The details of the Progressive Economics Forum’s 2014 Student Essay Contest are now online.

Please note the submission deadline of May 5.

The Progressive Economics Forum: Call for Nominations: Galbraith Prize in Economics 2014

The PEF’s biannual John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics will be awarded this summer for the fourth time.

This is a call for nominations from PEF members in good standing. If you would like to nominate someone please email me at galbraith@progressive-economics.ca with a couple paragraphs to support your nomination (300 words max). Nominations will . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Call for Nominations: Galbraith Prize in Economics 2014

The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Session at the House of Commons Finance Committee

The Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) normally hosts sessions at the Canadian Economics Association’s annual conference. But the House of Commons finance committee threw most of the union economists testifying in its pre-budget hearings onto the same panel on November 21. I began my testimony as follows:

In addition to my work as an economist for . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Session at the House of Commons Finance Committee

The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Events in Montreal

As Erin alludes to in an earlier post, the PEF organized events at this year’s Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) in Montreal (May 30 – June 2).

All told, the PEF organized (or co-organized) eight panels/sessions, in addition to holding its annual general meeting, announcing the winners of our annual student essay . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Events in Montreal

The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Keynote: Neoliberalism in Quebec

The PEF marked our 15th anniversary at last weekend’s Canadian Economics Association conference in Montreal. Guillaume Hébert from the Institut de Recherche et d’Informations Socio-économiques (IRIS) delivered the following keynote address. Thanks very much to Mathieu Dufour for translating it into English.

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Thank you very much for inviting me to give this keynote address. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF Keynote: Neoliberalism in Quebec

The Progressive Economics Forum: 2013 Essay Contest

2013 may be your lucky year!

The details of this year’s PEF student essay contest are now online.

Please note the May 3 deadline and put up this poster to promote the contest.

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: PEF Conference, June 8-9

The Progressive Economics Forum will be occupying the Calgary School (also Jim’s and my alma mater) on June 8 and 9 at the annual Canadian Economics Association conference. Our schedule of sessions is now available.

The Progressive Economics Forum: Mike McCracken: Winner of the 2012 Galbraith Prize in Economics

The Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) is proud to announce that Mike McCracken, Chair and CEO of Informetrica Ltd. in Ottawa, has won the 3rd biennial Galbraith Prize for a lifetime contribution to economics and social justice in Canada. Congratulations, Mike!

Mike co-founded Informetrica in 1972, after working at the Economic Council of . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Mike McCracken: Winner of the 2012 Galbraith Prize in Economics

The Progressive Economics Forum: 2012 Essay Contest

The information for this year’s student essay contest is now available. Please note the submission deadline of May 7.

The Progressive Economics Forum: Call for Nominations: 2012 Galbraith Prize in Economics

In June 2012, the PEF will be awarding the third John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics. Nominations are now open to all PEF members in good standing (if you are a lapsed member or want to join for the first time, click here), and the window for nominations will stay open until January 31, 2012. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Call for Nominations: 2012 Galbraith Prize in Economics

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Globe on Corporate Cash Hoards

Today’s Globe and Mail (page B15) mentions the PEF in a story on the corporate sector’s record-breaking accumulation of cash, a subject about which we have often blogged. Corporate Canada has tripled its cash stash in each of the last two decades. The following Statistics Canada figures are “Canadian currency and deposits” plus “Foreign currency […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Globe on Corporate Cash Hoards

The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF at the 2011 CEA Meetings

The ubiquitous Ish Theilheimer of the left-wing on-line news site Straight Goods has written a very generous profile of the Progressive Economics Forum. He hung out at last weekend’s CEA meetings at the University of Ottawa for a while, and caught a few PEF members (including myself, David Robinson, and Brendan Haley) on the way […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: PEF at the 2011 CEA Meetings

The Progressive Economics Forum: Reduce Student Debt to Reduce Household Debt

At this year’s Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, Armine Yalnizyan gave a presentation entitled “Surviving the Recovery: The Distribution of Canadian Household Debt.” The panel was co-sponsored by the Canadian Association for Business Economics and the Progressive Economics Forum. As Armine made clear in her presentation, household debt in Canada has steadily risen over the […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Reduce Student Debt to Reduce Household Debt

The Progressive Economics Forum: Is Canada’s Economy Wage-Led?

The parenthetical reference to Canada in my last post prompted several good comments. This post attempts to summarize and address them. Dr. Stockhammer has co-authored a paper with estimates for Canada, but he would be the first to note that they are mechanical and not necessarily relevant to policy. He finds that Canada’s domestic economy […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Is Canada’s Economy Wage-Led?

The Progressive Economics Forum: Contemporary Capitalism Conference

PEF members Louis-Philippe Rochon and Mario Seccareccia have organized a conference on “Contemporary Capitalism: Its Financial Circuits, Its Transformation and Future Prospects” on May 31 and June 1 in Ottawa, right before the PEF summer school and… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Contemporary Capitalism Conference