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Youcef Msaid holds a master’s degree in economics from Cornell University, with specializations in behavioural economics and industrial organization. Since 2008, he has taught economics in several schools including Cégep Garneau, Cornell University, and HEC Montréal. He was a research assistant at Cornell University from 2010 to 2013. Since then, he has been working as a consultant regarding the use of experimental methods and the analysis of big data in business. (High resolution photo)
Viewpoint describing reforms recently implemented in Australia allowing the taxi industry and ride-sharing applications to coexist peacefully
In the majority of North American cities, existing laws do not control or make any provisions for activities related to ride-sharing applications. As a result, they operate in a grey zone. Like certain European cities, Vancouver and Montreal have chosen to oppose the operation of such services.
Economic Note distinguishing the varied effects of different “austerity” measures aimed at balancing the budget
The public debate on budget austerity is very far removed from the way this concept is defined and studied in economics. The term “austerity” is most often used to refer to an amalgam of budgetary and tax measures aiming to balance the budget, without differentiating between these measures and their varied effects. This Economic Note provides an overview of the contributions of academic research regarding the effectiveness of different ways of balancing the budget.
Economic Note showing that there is great social mobility in Canada, both from one generation to the next and within individuals’ own lives
The fate of the poorest members of our society is rightly a recurring subject of concern in economic debates. Certain statements commonly heard can, however, give the impression that there are a lot of low-income people in Canada, and that for the majority of them, poverty is a permanent state. This perception is actually contrary to the observed facts. As we shall see, the results of the available research are clear: Social mobility is high in Canada.