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Economic Note proposing solutions in the debate on municipal pension plans

The pension plans of municipal employees across the province of Quebec face deficits totalling $3.9 billion. For certain municipalities, pension plan contributions have exploded over the past few years. The Quebec government recently introduced a bill whose purpose is to ensure the sustainability of these plans, but that does not call into question their underlying principles.

October 9, 2014

9 October 2014

La Presse, p. A16

The funding deficits of municipal pension plans in Quebec.

October 3, 2014

3 October 2014

Viewpoint explaining that the state of competition in the Canadian wireless sector does not justify more interventionist measures

There are several myths going around regarding the state of competition in the Canadian wireless sector. According to critics, the lack of competition compared to other industrialized countries means that Canadians are among those who pay the most for their services ‒ services, moreover, that are of poor quality. The MEI recently delved into this subject in some detail. As a new round of CRTC hearings begins, during which wholesale roaming fees will be debated, we are revisiting the matter briefly in order to contribute to a more balanced debate.

September 29, 2014

29 September 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The carbon market.

September 24, 2014

24 September 2014

Financial Post, p. FP11

The government's micromanagement of the Canadian telecommunications sector.

September 18, 2014

18 September 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

Regulating the Internet.

September 12, 2014

12 September 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

Taxing tobacco in order to reduce consumption.

September 9, 2014

9 September 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

The ongoing debate over illegal immigration.

September 9, 2014

9 September 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The tendency for governments to regulate the advertising industry.

August 7, 2014

7 August 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

The tendency for governments to regulate the advertising industry.

August 5, 2014

5 August 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

France's 'anti-Amazon' law.

July 11, 2014

11 July 2014

Economic Note describing some of the most important contributions of pharmaceutical research to the betterment of health conditions over the past century

Never before in the history of humanity has there been as rapid an increase in longevity as there was during the 20th century. In industrialized countries, life expectancy at birth has risen from an average of about 50 years in 1900 to a little over 80 years today. A growing number of people can now live not only longer but also healthier than ever before. Indeed, substantial gains in terms of quality-adjusted life expectancy have been recorded for decades in many countries.

June 18, 2014

18 June 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

Interprovincial trade in Canada.

June 8, 2014

8 June 2014

National Post, p. FP09

The legal and regulatory modifications required to clarify Bitcoin's status.

June 5, 2014

5 June 2014

Economic Note exploring the legal and regulatory modifications required to clarify Bitcoin's status

In order for Bitcoin to develop and grow, its legal status will have to be clarified. As it happens, this digital currency is attracting more and more attention from governments around the world. Several of them are currently studying the phenomenon in order to better understand it and find ways of regulating its use. This Economic Note presents an analysis of the situation in Canada and in other countries that have adopted regulatory frameworks for Bitcoin.

May 29, 2014

29 May 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

The measures promoted by the anti-tobacco movement.

May 15, 2014

15 May 2014

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

The perverse effects of regulation.

May 8, 2014

8 May 2014

National Post, p. FP11

Various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition.

May 7, 2014

7 May 2014

Research Paper analyzing various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition

To the detriment of consumers across the country, the federal government has been encouraging artificial competition in the telecommunications industry for the past seven years. Fixated on the goal of promoting the emergence of a fourth wireless carrier in each of Canada's regional markets, the government has lost sight of the ultimate goal of promoting the development of a dynamic, efficient industry, according to this Research Paper.

May 6, 2014

6 May 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

Government espionage.

April 16, 2014

16 April 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The tax burdens on entrepreneurs.

April 9, 2014

9 April 2014

The Toronto Sun, p. 19

Why taxes, fees and charges increase the prices of airfares and make Canadian airports less competitive.

March 31, 2014

31 March 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The impact of taxes, fees and charges on the prices of airfares in Canada.

March 28, 2014

28 March 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

Proposals to expand Canadian public pension plans.

February 27, 2014

27 February 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The online advertising industry.

February 18, 2014

18 February 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

How taxes on products deemed harmful do not necessarily have the desired effects.

February 14, 2014

14 February 2014

The Gazette, p. A15

Bitcoin ATM opens in Montreal.

February 6, 2014

6 February 2014

The Toronto Sun, p. 15

Ottawa’s sick-days system.

February 1, 2014

1 February 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

Protecting online privacy.

January 28, 2014

28 January 2014

National Post, p. FP15

Income inequality.

January 22, 2014

22 January 2014

From the MEI’s Archives

Economic Note analyzing the Canadian wireless industry in comparison to other developed countries

September 11, 2012

11 September 2012

Economic Note on executive compensation policies

January 20, 2010

20 January 2010

Economic Note explaining how taxes on products deemed harmful do not necessarily have the desired effects

January 22, 2014

22 January 2014

Economic Note describing some of the most important contributions of pharmaceutical research to the betterment of health conditions over the past century

June 18, 2014

18 June 2014

Overview of the reforms enacted in several U.S. states regarding public-sector collective bargaining

October 27, 2011

27 October 2011

Economic Note on the necessary balance between the protection of privacy on the Internet and the maintenance of a climate favourable to investment, innovation and job creation

September 19, 2013

19 September 2013

Overview of studies about the positive impacts of coordination agreements between air carriers

February 9, 2012

9 February 2012

Economic Note that shows how antitrust laws often result in penalizing consumers

September 25, 2012

25 September 2012

Economic Note on the regulation of advertising for certain products

June 16, 2011

16 June 2011

Economic Note exploring the legal and regulatory modifications required to clarify Bitcoin's status

May 29, 2014

29 May 2014

MEI in the Media

Climate "babblers"
Column by Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI, published on October 23 in The Winnipeg Sun and the Fort McMurray Today.

Three Myths about the Canadian Wireless Sector
Interview with Paul Beaudry, Associate Researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute, broadcast on September 30, 2014, on BNN GO.

Environmentalist groups claim that harvesting the forest jeopardizes its future and harms the animal species that live there. As part of our research program on Quebec's forests, the Vice President of the MEI, Jasmin Guénette, visited an outfitter to see how wildlife activities coexist with logging activities. The short documentary provides a realistic picture of the Quebec forest narrated by those who make their living from it.

Watch the short documentary...

Economic Newsflashes

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Aux États-Unis, seulement 9% des nouveaux médicaments ont été découverts par des institutions de...