Stephen Gordon

Stephen Gordon

Stephen Gordon is an economics professor at l'Université Laval in Quebec City. He started the blog Worthwhile Canadian Initiative in 2005 and has been blogging about economics ever since.
Stephen Gordon
Economic analysis

Why the Liberals and NDP shouldn’t bank on having surpluses to spend

If you’re buying into Harper’s surpluses, you’re also buying into Harper’s austerity program
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Economic analysis

Don’t fear the FIPA

Excitable nationalists and their wild imaginings about the Canada-China foreign-investment deal have led to all manner of silly arguments
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Economic analysis

Why the new EI tax credit could do more harm than good

Reducing payroll taxes, like EI premiums, is good policy. Too bad that’s not what the Harper government chose to do.
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Economic analysis

Are we better off with Harper?

A new Conservative ad says ’We’re better off with Harper.’ It’s an awful talking point, but here are the numbers to put the claim to the test.
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Economic analysis

The mystery behind Canada’s shrinking deficit

A fact check on the following: "The Government remains on track to balance the budget in 2015"
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Economic analysis

Breaking down the Quebec budget

Some welcome tax reforms, but government intervention in the market isn’t going away
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Economic analysis

Quebec’s austerity budget takes its cue from Ottawa

The aging workforce in Quebec means fewer people in the job market, and fewer people paying taxes
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Economic analysis

Where are Canada’s missing jobs?

The jobs recovery has not been even across the country or across different age groups
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Economic analysis

The mini-recession of 2012-13

Only when you look beyond the headline employment numbers will you see the extent to which confidence in the job market plummeted
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Economic analysis

Looking for the root causes of inequality in all the wrong places

Why the wage-productivity ’disconnect’ does not explain increased inequality