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Vincent Geloso is a postdoctoral researcher at Texas Tech University. He holds a PhD in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science, with a focus on quantitative methods, business cycles, and Canadian economic history, and a master’s degree in economic history from the same institution. His scientific articles have been published in the Journal of Population Research, Essays in Economic and Business History and Economic Affairs. He is also the author of the book Du Grand Rattrapage au Déclin Tranquille on Quebec’s economic history since 1900, published by Accent Grave in 2013. (High resolution photo)
June 1st, 2017 | 14 min. 21 sec. | Sophie sans compromis (BLVD 102.1 FM)
Interview (in French) with Vincent Geloso, Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the publication of a Viewpoint proposing to give farmers $13 billion to buy back production quotas and abolish supply management.
Viewpoint proposing to give farmers $13 billion to buy back production quotas and abolish supply management
Since the 1970s, farms in the dairy, poultry, and egg sectors have been subject to supply management, a system which combines production quotas, price controls, and import barriers to increase the prices of goods produced by these farms. The negative effects of this system for consumers have been studied in depth, and there is now a broad consensus regarding their existence and amplitude. The question of compensating farmers in order to abolish this regime remains an open one.
Economic Note providing an overview of the history of public transit in Montreal and of international experiences with private involvement
Over the past few decades, the costs of public transit in Montreal have outpaced services rendered. This occurred while many municipalities around the world opted to reform their public transit systems by increasing the involvement of the private sector. This Economic Note provides an overview of the history of public transit in Montreal and of international experiences with private involvement.
Viewpoint illustrating how supply management hurts low-income Canadian households
As a result of a recent decision by the Canadian Dairy Commission, the price of industrial milk is set to increase on September 1st, 2016. Numerous studies have found that supply management, under which Canada’s dairy and poultry sectors operate, imposes a large cost per family through higher consumer prices than could be obtained on open markets. Furthermore, these higher prices place more of a burden on poorer households than on richer ones.
Viewpoint showing that more autonomous and accountable schools could help students be more successful academically
The most recent school board election results represented a golden opportunity to do away with this superfluous institution in order to allow the emergence of more autonomous schools. In December 2015, the Quebec government introduced a bill that went in this direction. However, the new Education Minister, Sébastien Proulx, decided to drop the structural modifications and focus instead on academic success. Yet abolishing school boards and entrusting schools with more autonomy would in fact promote the success of students.
Viewpoint describing how gentrification, when combined with sound housing policy, helps everyone, including the poor
Gentrification is a process whereby middle-class families and young professionals establish themselves in working-class urban neighbourhoods. By no means unique to Montreal, this process has generated some resistance on the part of anti-gentrification activists, some of whom have resorted to violent means in the belief that they are being displaced. Yet gentrification is a widespread phenomenon that yields largely beneficial outcomes for everyone—including the poorest members of society—and whose negative effects can be mitigated by sound economic policy.