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2013-11-06 12:25:02

TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - After several years of relatively robust performance, Canada is lagging its peers in business investment growth, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe institute. In "Equipping Canadian Workers: Business Investment Loses a Step against Competitors Abroad," authors Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson find 2013 growth in new private-sector plant and equipment spending per worker in Canada seems likely to lag investment abroad, with strength in...

2013-10-30 12:24:28

Report of the C.D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Supreme Court will rule on Thursday, October 31, in landmark Competition Act decisions, Pro-Sys v. Microsoft, Sun-Rype v. Archer Daniels Midland, and Infineon Technologies AG et autres c. Option Consommateurs et autres. The key question before the Court is, when anticompetitive cartel behaviour is alleged in class action proceedings, should indirect purchasers, such as retailers and end...

2013-10-23 12:25:44

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Specialist physicians should be paid by the hospitals where they carry out their procedures, rather than by provincial insurance plans as they are now, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Paying Hospital-Based Doctors: Fee for Whose Service?" authors Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby argue hospitals could then manage their personnel and resource needs more efficiently, reducing waiting lists and costs. "Most...

2013-10-17 16:23:31

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) today recommended that the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate the Bank targets for monetary policy purposes, at 1.00 percent at its next announcement on October 23, 2013. The Council further called for the Bank to hold the target at 1.00 through to early 2014, before raising it to 1.25 percent by October 2014. The MPC is a panel sponsored by...

2013-10-10 12:24:57

TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - High frequency trading is not the bane of capital markets that critics make it out to be, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "High Frequency Traders: Angels or Devils?" author Jeffrey G. MacIntosh weighs the effects of lightening fast, automated trading on capital markets and finds that, overall, it is having beneficial effects. High frequency trading is taking world capital markets by storm," says the author,...

2013-10-02 12:25:18

TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - British Columbia leads the provinces in educational outcomes for young Aboriginal adults, while Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta lag badly, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Why is BC Best? The Role of Provincial and Reserve School Systems in Explaining Aboriginal Student Performance," author John Richards finds that innovative approaches in BC help account for much better high-school completion rates for...

2013-09-24 16:23:49

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Demographic forces are helping drive up the Canadian workforce's reported absence rates owing to illness, according to a study released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Absent With Leave: The Implications of Demographic Change for Worker Absenteeism," authors Finn Poschmann and Omar Chatur find, over the long term, absence rates have climbed, identify potential causes and recommend steps to address this challenge to productivity. "Over the...

2013-09-18 12:27:49

TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's power sector needs an overhaul to address a long list of inefficiencies, and rising consumer prices, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "A New Blueprint for Ontario's Electricity Market," author A.J. Goulding presents a blueprint for an electricity market that would be responsive to price signals, reform the role of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), and would operate free from ministerial meddling. "An...

2013-09-12 12:25:46

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The costs of public sector investments in infrastructure projects are underestimated and should include the risks to taxpayers who backstop them, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In " The Valuation of Public Projects: Risks, Cost of Financing and Cost of Capital," authors Marcel Boyer, Eric Gravel and Sandy Mokbel find current evaluations of public projects suffer from serious flaws, exposing taxpayers to...

2013-09-04 12:28:10

TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Predicting recessions in real-time could be made possible by mining vast new sources of electronic data, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Predicting Recessions in Real-Time: Mining Google Trends and  Electronic Payments Data for Clues," author Greg Tkacz, pronounced "katch", considers whether Google searches and the growth of electronic payments variables, such as debit and credit card transactions, would have...