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TINAN 78 (June 2017)

In TINAN 78 the MDB Insight team looks at:

  • How happy is your country?
  • Measuring inclusive growth
  • Are you engaging NEETs in your community?
  • Are today’s factories tomorrow’s data centers?
  • Introducing Chris Bandak

Posted on 15, Mar | Posted by

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Is income inequality making us unhappy?

For almost half a century, the Easterlin Paradox (that economic growth makes nations happier, but only up to a certain income) has been an important concept in happiness economics. So too, is the concept that non-economic factors have a direct effect on the happiness of nations. While the United States (US) has one of the highest GDPs per capita, for example, several countries appear to be happier. Other advanced economies like the United Kingdom and Sweden have continued to become happier as they grow richer, but the US bottoms out on happiness.

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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 1, Mar | Posted by

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How happy is the world in 2016?

The World Happiness Report recently released its 2016 Update. First published in 2012 by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the report ranks the national happiness of more than 150 countries. For summaries of previous editions, check out the TINAN articles on the 2012, 2013, and 2015 reports.

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Posted on 3, Feb | Posted by

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Does city living make people happier?

While not all people enjoy city living, living in urban environments helps to reduce per capita land consumption and transportation costs while also increasing economic opportunities, leading to indirect benefits for residents. As more people live in urban environments, it becomes increasingly important to understand how the built environment impacts mental health and happiness.

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TINAN 71 (June 2016)

In TINAN 71 the MDB Insight team looks at:


  • Haves and have-mores in the digital economy
  • How happy is the world in 2016?
  • Are Canada’s workers facing a capital crisis?
  • Water scarcity could dry up economic opportunities
  • Company Corner: Giulia Ilacqua joins MDB Insight

Posted on 22, May | Posted by

TINAN 62 (May 2015)

In TINAN 62 the MDB Insight team covers:

  • Leveraging entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship to compete
  • Are you ready for Generation Z?
  • The world’s happiest country is…
  • Taking agriculture to new heights
  • Company Corner: MDB formalizes its partnership with EDCO
  • Client Corner: Regional District of Fraser-Fort George wins BCEDA award
  • Resource Review: “I Am Malala”

Posted on 4, Feb | Posted by

TINAN Number 52 (January 2014)

In TINAN Number 52

  • Raising the bar for workforce and economic development collaboration
  • Why social capital matters for startups
  • A 21st century take on patronage for cultural entrepreneurs
  • Happier communities? There’s an app for that.
  • Company Corner: Justin Shin joins the MDB Insight team
  • Resource Review: Screw business as usual

Posted on 17, Oct | Posted by

TINAN Number 48 (September 2013)

In TINAN Number 48:

  • Finding talent in non-traditional ways
  • The power of Big Data for economic development
  • The pursuit of happiness: Placemaking and economic development
  • Ranking global competitiveness
  • Company Corner: Valerie Kuhns joins the MDB Insight team
  • Resource Review: The Great Degeneration

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