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Youcef Msaid
Youcef Msaid

Associate Researcher

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.

8 February 2016February 8, 2016
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.

8 October 2015October 8, 2015

September 25, 2015 | 5 min. 25 sec. | Radio Canada International

Interview (in French) with Youcef Msaid, Associate Researcher at the MEI, on social mobility in Canada, both from one generation to the next and within individuals’ own lives.

Link of interest: Poverty Is Not a Permanent State of Affairs in Canada

25 September 2015September 25, 2015
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.

24 September 2015September 24, 2015


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