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Things Are Good: If You’re a Nice Person You Likely Have More Fun Than Others

Some people think that the way to get ahead in life is to be a pushy jerk, and those people are wrong. What you should be is nice. Yup, that’s all it takes. Don’t be like that stereotypical Gordon Gecko wannabe, instead just be.

There is now more research that being a nice person . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: If You’re a Nice Person You Likely Have More Fun Than Others

Things Are Good: Email, Productivity, And How You Feel

Dealing with an endless stream of emails is challenge in any office environment – even just socially it can be rather taxing. The solution to email always seems to be just around the corner with a new startup from Silicon Valley appearing every year to “save” us from email. Here’s an idea it’s not that […]

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Things Are Good: Look at Nature and be More Productive

Go ahead and let your gaze look out that window while you work. If you get caught, tell your boss that you’re just getting ready to be more productive!

The challenge: Can looking at nature—even just a scenic screen saver—really improve your focus? How much can 40 seconds of staring at grass actually help? Ms. . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Look at Nature and be More Productive

Things Are Good: Focus Less on Work to Improve Everything – Even Your Job

Stressed about not getting enough done at work? Don’t be. It turns out that you can improve how much you get things done at the office by not thinking about it. Turn your attention elsewhere and focus on things that do matter instead.

But, how can performance at work improve with less attention paid to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Focus Less on Work to Improve Everything – Even Your Job

Political Eh-conomy: Someone is making slightly more than you and this report says it’s time for it to stop!

Here’s a familiar refrain: “Someone’s wages rose faster than someone else’s: report”. This depersonalized version sounds about as cynical as it should especially since the first someone is usually not a CEO whose wages are actually rising faster than everyone else’s – it’s that fat cat across the street, like you know, the garbage collector . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Someone is making slightly more than you and this report says it’s time for it to stop!

Parchment in the Fire: Britain’s, Not France’s, Middle Class Is Being ‘Run Into The Dust’

http://www.social-europe.eu/2014/02/middle-class/

Filed under: Capitalism Tagged: Britain, Capitalism, France, investment, productivity

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The Progressive Economics Forum: StatCan Debunks Small-Business Mythology

Canadian economic commentators often worship small business as the supposed source of economic dynamism and growth. This cult of small business has greatly influenced public policy, with federal and provincial governments giving huge tax preferences to small corporations.

But new Statistics Canada research finds: “The gap between the levels of labour productivity in Canada and . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: StatCan Debunks Small-Business Mythology

The Progressive Economics Forum: Funding Cuts to Alberta’s PSE Sector: There Are Alternatives

It has recently been reported that the University of Alberta wants to “reopen two-year collective agreements” with faculty and staff “to help the university balance its budget…”

This appears to be in direct response to Alberta’s provincial government announcing in its March budget that there would be a “7% cut to operating grants to universities, . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Funding Cuts to Alberta’s PSE Sector: There Are Alternatives

Bill Longstaff: The need for a global no-growth agreement

Trade agreements are all the rage among nations these days. And that might not be a bad thing if they were principally about trade rather than about empowering corporations at the expense of workers and governments.

In any case, what the world really needs is not global trade agreements but a global no-growth agreement. Sensibly, . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The need for a global no-growth agreement

The Scott Ross: Canada Originally Intended All Education To Be Free

Out of Canada’s 33 Fathers of Confederation, only one went to university.1

It’s not that Nova Scotia’s Charles Tupper was the only intelligent one among them, other founders were businessmen, doctors, and lawyers, it’s that none of those jobs, and many others, did not require any post-secondary education.

And the eduction jobs in the late 19th century did require was entirely made free shortly after confederation because provincial governments, though extremely small and limited, believed that their public schools should provide all the instruction necessary for citizens to obtain jobs in any sector, be it agriculture, engineering, manufacturing, commerce, medicine or law.

Today however provinces have lost sight of the importance they once placed on education. Where once provincial governments provided all the training necessary for a skilled workforce, they are increasingly providing less while at the same time businesses are only requiring more.

By 2020 the BC government predicts that 77.3% of all jobs will require a post-secondary education. That means in seven years provincial governments will not provide the education needed for three-quarters of all jobs whereas for decades those same governments believed it was important enough to provide the education for every job.

When Canada was founded, education was seen as the extremely important public good that it is. Even in that most conservative era of small government, where health care wasn’t paid for, roads were tolled, and government sanitation services were non-existent, education was such a priority that our provincial governments sought to make it entirely free to every citizen, to provide the training and skills for any and every job.

That is how education in Canada was originally viewed by government, and that is how all education necessary for all employment was publicly provided for decades. Of course over time that changed, and now Canada has a skilled labour shortage, productivity is declining, and our economy is stagnating.

And though today education remains perhaps the most beneficial public good, it is now a costly private expense, while health care, an almost entirely private good, along with roads and sanitation are completely paid for with public funds.

The great past of Canada was built on the importance of education and the complete public provision of it in order to train its citizens for every job. Over the last few decades that has changed, and with it so has Canada’s opportunity for a great future.  

1. [Richard Gwyn. John A, The Man Who Made Us, p.321 ] . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Originally Intended All Education To Be Free

The Scott Ross: Canada Originally Intended All Education To Be Free

Out of Canada’s 33 Fathers of Confederation, only one went to university.1

It’s not that Nova Scotia’s Charles Tupper was the only intelligent one among them, other founders were businessmen, doctors, and lawyers, it’s that none of those jobs, and many others, did not require any post-secondary education.

The eduction jobs in the late 19th . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Originally Intended All Education To Be Free

The Scott Ross: Why Health Care Should Be Privatized

It would be a risky claim to suggest health care should be privatized while education, from preschool to post-secondary, should be fully publicly provided, but considering the importance of education, what’s really risky is that currently we have it the other way around.

To compare the importance of health care and education, ask yourself, . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Health Care Should Be Privatized

The Progressive Economics Forum: Gender Wage Gap hurts Economic Growth

BREAKING NEWS: Women are paid less than men across OECD countries.

OK, it’s not breaking news. Not even close. In Canada the ‘Female to Male earnings ratio’ has hovered around the 70% mark for the past 20 years. And for women with university degrees, the ratio peaked in the early 1990′s, and has been below . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Gender Wage Gap hurts Economic Growth

The Scott Ross: The Conservative Economic Record

Sept 2012: Unemployment is up at 7.4%; it has been increasing since June while American unemployment has only gone down.

July 2012: Worst trade deficit ever in Canadian history at $2.3 billion.

2012: GDP growth rate is declining (PDF pg 22). Canada is no longer the fastest growing economy in the G7; it is now . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Conservative Economic Record

The Progressive Economics Forum: Selective Amnesia at the Bank of Canada

A guest blog from Marc Lavoie and Mario Seccareccia, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa

In a speech delivered on October 4th to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (see: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/2012/10/speeches/a-measure-of-work/), the senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, Tiff Macklen, has offered some self-congratulatory remarks, by arguing that the near-zero inflation . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Selective Amnesia at the Bank of Canada

Things Are Good: Track the Small Things for Big Happiness

Teresa Amabile is a professor at Harvard Business School who has researched diary keeping and has made a very nifty realization: even keeping a few thoughts a day can amount to huge differences in happiness. I use I Done This to track my days, perhaps you’d like to too after watching this video:

Via . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Track the Small Things for Big Happiness

The Scott Ross: Canada Already Has A 1¢ Carbon Tax

Last year this Conservative government collected $424,418,000 in taxes to pay for carbon emissions.

That same year Canadians used 38,208,346,000 litres of gasoline.

Doing the quick math, Canadians paid 1.1¢ or $0.011 for every litre of gas they consumed in 2011.

Now Canadians weren’t taxed at the pump, though it would have been far . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Already Has A 1¢ Carbon Tax

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Kady points out that despite the Cons’ best efforts to stonewall, the Robocon investigation in Guelph looks to have locked in on the source of their fraudulent robocalls. And while it’s indeed somewhat concerning that Elections Canada hasn’t reached anywhere near the same depth of investigation when it . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

The Progressive Economics Forum: Labour Losing to Capital

The just-released OECD Employment Outlook – full text not available on line – has an interesting chapter on the sharp decline of labour’s share of national income in virtually all OECD countries over the past 30 years, and especially the last twenty years.

The median labour share in the OECD fell from 66.1% in the . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Labour Losing to Capital

The Scott Ross: Canadians Should Envy Greeks

Canadians aren’t too envious of Greeks, Italians, and Egyptians right now, but maybe they should be.

Though Canada has a relatively better economy and a stable political system, the other countries in the world facing crises have something Canada seems to be lacking, a resolve to make things better.

Facing financial collapse Greeks, who already . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canadians Should Envy Greeks

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s Self-Imposed Crisis in Post-Secondary Education

On June 7, I gave a keynote address to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Education Sector Conference. My PowerPoint presentation (with full references) can be found at this link.

Points I raised in the address include the following:

-Canada’s economy has been growing quite steadily over the past three decades, even when one adjusts . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s Self-Imposed Crisis in Post-Secondary Education

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your weekend.

– For much of the relatively recent past, one of the areas of relative consensus in economic theory is that productivity increases would find their way to workers. But Paul Krugman shows that hope to be utterly misplaced: Where did the productivity go?

The answer is, it’s two-thirds the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Progressive Economics Forum: New Generation of Thinkers Link Inequality, Innovation and Prosperity

<em>This guest blog was written by Mike Marin and Anouk Dey. It originally appeared in the Toronto Star on February 24. The authors are part of a team that produced the report Prospering Together (in English http://bit.ly/z4GQx5 and in French http://bit.ly/yabiK2) </em>

<em></em>What do the Occupy Movement and Canadian software giant OpenText have in common? . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: New Generation of Thinkers Link Inequality, Innovation and Prosperity

The Progressive Economics Forum: Drummond’s Productivity “Puzzle.”

Don Drummond confesses that he has been wrong to believe that changes in public policies – such as free trade, cuts to corporate taxes, low inflation, the introduction of the GST, balanced budgets and reductions to inter provincial trade barriers (aka the neo liberal agenda) – are the key to improving Canada’s dismal productivity record.

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The Progressive Economics Forum: Economic Climate and Inequality

The December issue of the quarterly Economic Climate for Bargaining publication I produce is now on-line. This issue has a number of pieces on issues of inequality, including:

Rising inequality is hurting our economy Labour rights, unions and the 99% Canadian economy bleeding jobs; public sector cuts to intensify Recession and cuts hit Aboriginal and . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Economic Climate and Inequality