Tarryn Landman

Posted on 17, Jan | Posted by

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City street at sunsetIs more growth always better?

By Tarryn Landman

Not according to a new paper from the Brookings Institution on Remaking Economic Development. Particularly when the pursuit of growth focuses more on incentive-driven initiatives than on workers and existing local businesses.  Read the full blog post

Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

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Empowering women could help close income gaps

By Tarryn Landman

In recent editions of TINAN, we’ve taken a look at global poverty and income inequality, exploring the trends and impacts related to these issues. A recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) discussion paper brings a different perspective to the discussion by examining the connection between gender inequality and income inequality.

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Posted on 7, Mar | Posted by

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Is your community leveraging equigenic environments?

By Tarryn Landman

Could green spaces close gaps in health between people of different incomes? According to a researcher from the University of Glasgow, that may be the case. A study of 34 European nations found that the gap in mental well-being between socioeconomic groups was 40% narrower among respondents with good access to green/recreational areas compared with those with poorer access. While it’s certainly not without flaws, the study raises some interesting questions about equigenic environments (places that can reduce health inequalities).

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Posted on 6, Mar | Posted by

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By Tarryn Landman

Richard Florida and his colleagues at the Martin Prosperity Institute recently released an interesting study that blends Michael Porter’s industrial cluster theory and Florida’s research on creative and routine occupations to explore their impact on economic development.

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Posted on 3, Mar | Posted by

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By Tarryn Landman

With International Women’s Day happening later this week, it seems fitting to share a few recent studies on gender inequality and the value of women’s work around the world.

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Posted on 9, Feb | Posted by

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How do great cities actually work?

By Tarryn Landman

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) tackles this question in the seventh edition of its Cities of Opportunity report, exploring the ways successful cities weave together complex systems (technology, healthcare, transportation etc.) to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate challenges.

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Posted on 6, Feb | Posted by

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Connecting the Urban-Curious

By Tarryn Landman

Economic developers and urban planners are well aware of how important collaboration and strong networks are for growing local economies. While conferences and professional development opportunities can build these connections for urban planners and economic developers, there isn’t much available for urbanists in other sectors or fields who aren’t engaged in formal structures. Which is where Claire Nelson stepped in.

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Posted on 20, Jan | Posted by

Creating opportunity for all (1)

By Tarryn Landman

Income inequality and inclusive economic growth are driving economic development discussions around the world. Related challenges like stagnating wages and economic mobility are concerns for business leaders and policymakers alike. A number of recent studies have tackled these issues. TINAN 72 covered Remaking Economic Development, a Brookings Institution paper that argues for a vision of regional economic growth that improves living standards for all. This issue looks at Opportunity for All: Strategies for Inclusive Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

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Posted on 1, Sep | Posted by

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How Toronto is getting main street businesses online

By Tarryn Landman

Small businesses can face big challenges when it comes to competing in the digital marketplace. In fact, almost 60% of Canadian businesses don’t have a website at all, and just 13% of Canadian retailers are online (according to 2013 Statistics Canada data).

Potential customers, however, place significant value on the online presence of businesses. A recent CIRA study, for example, found 76% percent of respondents look for product pricing information online. Another study found 80% of respondents would shop more at small businesses if they were easier to find online, with 59% buying from large corporations because they outperform independent businesses on web, mobile, and social platforms. Read the full blog post

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