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December 19, 2017 - Benjamin Dachis and Dan Ciuriak

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Equipment Failure: Feeble Business Investment Costs Canadians their Competitive Edge
March 24, 2017 - William B.P. Robson, Aaron Jacobs and Benjamin Dachis

Business investment per worker in Canada is at its worst level compared to the United States in more than a quarter century, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Equipment Failure:...

A Crisis of Capital: Canadian Workers Need More Tools, Buildings and Equipment
December 16, 2015 - Aaron Jacobs, Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson

For the first time since the 2008-2009 economic crisis and recession, capital investment by business has declined, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “A Crisis of Capital: Canadian...

Mushrooms and Yeast: The Implications of Technological Progress for Canada’s Economic Growth
September 2, 2015 - Peter Howitt

Economic growth from technological innovation tends to spring up in unpredictable places, creating winners and losers, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Mushrooms and Yeast:...

It’s Alive! Corporate Cash and Business Investment
August 27, 2014 - Finn Poschmann

Policymakers should not overreact to perceptions of corporate ‘dead money’, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “It’s Alive! Corporate Cash and Business Investment,” author Finn...

Capital Needed: Canada Needs More Robust Business Investment
July 17, 2014 - Benjamin Dachis, Nicholas Chesterley and William B.P. Robson

Canada’s performance in business investment per worker relative to its peers is sliding, led by dismal performances in Quebec and Ontario, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “...

Our Workers Outgunned: Financial Post Op-Ed
Business investment in Canada is weak. The 2017 federal budget highlighted how it is lagging the rest of the economy. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and his colleagues have expressed concerns...
Failures and job losses are integral to economic growth: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
By Peter Howitt With the Canadian economy shrinking for the past two quarters, the news has looked grim. But people leaving jobs and companies going out of business can also be signs of a dynamic...

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