Tammy Schirle is an associate professor of economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Don’t fear the baby boomer

In my line of work, I regularly see people present graphs that look something like this: It looks scary. It’s usually meant to scare you, and it probably should (at least little). The ratio of the population …

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Gender equity and
100 years of income taxes

I recently enjoyed the opportunity to speak at the Canadian Tax Foundation’s Canadian Income Tax Act Centennial Symposium. Taking this opportunity to highlight gender and gender equity as a central consideration in the development of policy, …

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Lifting seniors out of poverty

The NDP has promised to boost the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) by $400 million as an “important step in lifting 200,000 seniors out of poverty”. Sounds lovely, but what can $400 million accomplish? The NDP does …

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On the "typical" family in Budget 2015

Budget 2015 came with few surprises and so the post-release conversation amongst economists closely resembles our pre-budget conversation. But a few comments by Miles Corak on twitter (@MilesCorak) about the example families presented alongside the …

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Please define precarious

Precarious: dependent on chance circumstances, unknown conditions, or uncertain developments; characterized by a lack of security or stability that threatens with danger. (Merriam-Webster) Precarious has become a favoured term for describing how many people feel about the …

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Talking 'bout generations

Who's really getting squeezed? Paul Kershaw Notwithstanding the national malaise about the slow performance of Canada's economy since 2008, economic indicators show that Canada is more prosperous than ever before. Our economy is now more than twice …

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Who cares about poverty?

One of my top election issues has always been poverty. Why? My bias shines through – I grew up very poor (in the bottom 5% somewhere), and it sucked. It's that simple. (Now an economics …

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Who wants to work part-time?

I had another afternoon playing with the data.  Following up on last week's puzzle about full time employment trends Ontario, I decided to take a closer look at part-time workers in Canada.  Having a family …

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