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 13, Mar | Posted by

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Canadian job quality ranks as “average”

Having a good quality job has a big impact on people’s well-being. Being stuck in a low quality job early on can negatively affect a person’s long-term prospects for earnings and working conditions. On average, people spend 37 hours a week at work, making it important to understand and track how job quality impacts both economies and workers throughout different countries.

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Posted on 8, Mar | Posted by

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A look at the workforce of 2020

What will your job look like in the future?

Markedly different, according to the World Economy Forum’s recent report, The Future of Jobs and Skills, which claims the world is entering a fourth industrial revolution spurred by demographic changes and technological advances in genetics, smart systems and nanotechnology.

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Posted on 3, Mar | Posted by

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Are Canada’s workers facing a capital crisis?

For the first time since the 2008 economic crisis and recession, capital investment by Canadian businesses has declined according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report, A Crisis of Capital: Canadian Workers Need More Tools, Buildings and Equipment.

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Posted on 14, Feb | Posted by

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Millennials can’t afford to job hop

Millennials (adults between the ages of 18 and 34 as of 2015) are often seen in the business world as self-involved job hoppers who need constant recognition and raises. They’re also the largest segment of the American workforce, but not all companies are nurturing and leveraging their potential as future leaders.

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Posted on 20, Jan | Posted by

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Why are American men leaving the workforce?

By Jon Beale

The share of men either working or actively looking for work in the United States between the ages of 25 and 54 (the prime working years) has been falling for more than 60 years. From a 1954 peak of 98% of prime-age men in the labour force to the low of 88% today, millions of men have dropped out of the workforce (meaning they aren’t working or even looking for a job).

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Posted on 13, Jan | Posted by

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The rise of the gig economy

By Jon Beale

The “gig economy” refers to the growing amount of independent and self-employed work that uses the internet and digital technology to match freelance workers with customers and service providers. Some of the most prominent examples of this are companies like Uber and Airbnb that have created online platforms to transform traditional jobs into independent, self-directed work.

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Posted on 22, Jul | Posted by

TINAN Number 38 (July 2012)

In TINAN Number 38:

  • Playing with scenario planning in economic development
  • Showcasing inspiring infrastructure projects
  • Building the next Silicon ______
  • Creative rural economies: “The art of the rural”
  • Be pro-active to retain your best talent
  • Client Corner: York Region Supports Innovation in Manufacturing
  • Resource Review: The New Geography of Jobs

Posted on 22, Dec | Posted by

TINAN Number 31 (December 2011)

In TINAN Number 31:

  • Exploring ideas, innovation, and impact in economic development
  • On the first day of Christmas PNC gave to me twelve costs indicating
  • Groundbreaking “Cluster Mapping Project” changes the way we see economic clusters
  • MPI asks: “Dear Santa, Who’s Your City?”
  • Making the most of your volunteer resources
  • Company Corner: Best wishes for 2012
  • Resource Review: Making the leap

Posted on 22, Nov | Posted by

TINAN Number 30 (November 2011)

In TINAN Number 30:

  • The great manufacturing rebound?
  • Heel heights: the hottest trend in alternative economic indicators?
  • Ranking Canadian cities’ online marketing
  • What makes a great national brand?
  • Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be psychologists
  • Company Corner: Alex Barlow joins the MDB Insight team
  • Resource Review: Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

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