Christopher Ragan is an economics professor and is the director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University. He was chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and a member of the federal government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth.


Getting cap-and-trade right in Ontario

On April 13, 2015, the government of Ontario announced its commitment to joining Quebec and California in a cap-and-trade system under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). Ontario is not at the front of the pack …

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Go slow on de-growth

Many environmentalists and social commentators argue that the world's citizens should resist the common appeal of economic growth and instead embrace the idea that we need to slow the pace of economic growth. Some even …

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What else beyond carbon pricing?

Four provinces making up around 85 percent of Canada’s economic activity, and roughly the same share of the country’s GHG emissions, now have broad-based carbon prices. Those without such prices are thinking hard about whether …

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Would fixed rates make markets more flexible?

The choice between fixed and flexible exchange rates is one of the most important in macroeconomic policy, but the debate that surrounds it seems deceptively simple. Though non-economists seldom claim to understand most macroeconomic issues, such …

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