Quebec’s Economic and Demographic Paradox

A recent op-ed article that appeared in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper (Yakabuski, 2017) paints the link between economic performance and population structure in the province of Quebec. Despite a booming economy, Yakabuski notes “fixing Quebec’s budget was the easy part. Fixing its demographics will be much harder.” That is, Quebec’s population structure, and specifically … More Quebec’s Economic and Demographic Paradox

Statistics Canada Releases New 2016 Census Data on Education, Labor, and Journey to Work

Statistics Canada released the latest tranche of data from the 2016 Canadian Census, highlighting education, labor, and journey to work profiles. So, what does this most recent data tell us about Canadians? First, Canada has the largest proportion (54%) of individuals with a post-secondary education (college or university) amongst Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development … More Statistics Canada Releases New 2016 Census Data on Education, Labor, and Journey to Work

Closing the Door: The End of Temporary Protected Status Program for Haitians

The United States’ Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program is extended to individuals who are already in the U.S. and who have come from countries where disasters or conflict prevent them from returning home. According to recent statistics, approximately 320,000 people are currently living and working in the U.S. under the TPS program. People covered by … More Closing the Door: The End of Temporary Protected Status Program for Haitians

The Tax Implications of Older Migration: Are Older Migrants Really a Tax Burden?

A new report by the Fraser Institute (Clemens et al. 2017), a British Columbia based think-tank estimated the tax implications associated with the inter-provincial migration of older adults in Canada. The premise behind the work is relatively simple: when an older adult migrates across provincial boundaries they have likely paid most of their taxes in … More The Tax Implications of Older Migration: Are Older Migrants Really a Tax Burden?

Population Growth, Climate Change, and Science

Despite declining fertility rates and shifting attention from ‘population growth’ to ‘population decline’ issues within both political and social science spheres, two recent articles in high-profile journals have returned to concerns with world population growth and the on-going need to control it. This past week, for example, scientists renewed their warning to the world’s population … More Population Growth, Climate Change, and Science

The Declining Well-Being of Young American Women

We tend to assume that each generation does slightly better than the one that precedes it. The baby boomers, for example, made great strides as compared to earlier generations, and where typically better educated, benefited from higher incomes and a booming economy, and had greater opportunities. In the United States (and other countries), women have … More The Declining Well-Being of Young American Women

Canada opens its doors to more immigrants

Canada’s immigration policy has long diverged from policy in the United States. Canada has, for example, placed a preference on economic immigrants, and has also responded to humanitarian needs by increasing the number of refugees entering the country, witnessed by Canada’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The divergence widened a bit this past week, … More Canada opens its doors to more immigrants