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Distinguished Senior Fellow
Marcel Boyer holds a PhD in economics from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently Professor Emeritus of economics at the University of Montreal. He has been accumulating awards since the beginning of his career. Among others, he has received the Alexander-Henderson Award (Carnegie Mellon University 1971), the Prix Marcel-Dagenais (Société canadienne de science économique 1985), and was elected in 1992 to the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of the Arts, Sciences and Humanities of Canada). Mr. Boyer, who was Vice President and Chief Economist at the MEI between 2006 and 2009, also received the Prix Marcel-Vincent (ACFAS 2002), the Prix Léon-Gérin for excellence in his career in the social sciences and humanities (Prix du Québec 2015), was named in 2013 an Honorary Member of the Canadian Economics Association (the first Quebecer to receive this honour), and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada on December 30, 2015.
Viewpoint showing that in Quebec, the population below the age of 45 has declined by about 230,000 since 1981, while it has increased significantly in the rest of the country
The real or perceived shortage of labour is a theme that comes back again regularly in the news. This spring, the Quebec government published its labour strategy for 2018-2023, one of the objectives of which is simply to have enough workers. The document, however, had nothing to say about a major historical phenomenon, namely the “disappearance” of Quebec’s youth over the past three and a half decades.
Research Paper on different aspects of the 2007 financial crisis
An economic recession produces its share of negative consequences: drops in the value of retirement funds, declines in the worth of real estate assets, lower corporate profits, a return to structural government deficits, and so forth. However, the most visible impact of a recession is unquestionably the job losses that are an inevitable result. This research paper covers different aspects of the financial crisis and economic recession which began in 2007.
Montreal faces enormous difficulties in playing its role as a metropolis because of its disappointing economic performance, its inadequate high school and university graduation rates, the rampant inefficiency of its municipal services, and a critical lack of action in implementing major projects. These shortcomings lead us to observe that Montreal comes close to deserving the title of marginal metropolis.
Research paper on reform options for the union certification process in Quebec
In votes of various types, such as elections and referendums, the secret ballot is seen as a way of guaranteeing that voters are protected from pressure or intimidation and of ensuring that the vote represents their true opinion. However, this is not the approach used in labour relations in Quebec and elsewhere: the outcome of a union certification or a strike vote may be determined by a less rigorous process that involves canvassing workers to get signatures or a show of hands in favour of a strike. This procedure may alter workers’ true will and favour labour relations disputes, putting economic growth and investment at risk. The objective of this research paper is to examine reform options for the union certification process in Quebec.
Economic Note on the effects of regulation of prices and service offerings of Internet service providers
In November 2008, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied a request from the Canadian Association of Internet Providers which wanted Bell Canada to cease its network “traffic-shaping” practices. The CRTC concluded that Bell’s measures did not violate the law and were not discriminatory since the company applied the same policies both to its wholesale and retail customers. However, the CRTC has decided to examine the broader issue of traffic management by Internet service providers – and thus indirectly to tackle the issue known as “net neutrality.” This proceeding will include a public hearing that is scheduled to begin in July.
Economic Note on the supply of medical specialists’ work in Quebec
Waiting lists for medical services in Canada are painfully long. Too many Canadians lack access to a family doctor, and our low ratio of medical specialists to population size is a growing cause of concern. Could this problem be partly solved by making better use of the supply of medical specialists’ work through mixed practice? To get an answer, the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) conducted a survey among medical specialists to find out if some of them might be willing to work extra hours in the private sector, beyond their commitment to the public system.