One Thought To Start Your Day
Remember when everyone was freaking out because there were too many sociology graduates and not enough welders? When otherwise serious people like Ken Coates complained about the labour market being distorted by the uninformed choices of 17-19 year-olds? 2015 seems like a long time ago.
Just for fun the other day, I decided to look at which occupations have fared best and worst in Canada over the past ten years (ok, I grant you my definition of fun may not be universal). … [ Read More ]
Springtime brings with it two certainties: 1) massive, irritating weekend traffic jams in Toronto as the city grants permits to close down Yonge street for a parade to virtually any group of yahoos, thus making it impossible to go from the cities east to west ends and 2) provincial budgets. And with that, it’s time for my annual roundup of provincial budgets (click on the year for previous analyses – 2016 2015 2014 2013. It’s not as bad as last year but it’s still … [ Read More ]
Every couple of years, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) produces a “research paper” to provide a new “evidence-based” spin to back up its eternal demand for free tuition. Last month, they put out a new version, this one entitled The Political Economy of Student Debt in Canada. The theme this time is lightly-recycled Piketty: Canada’s main problems are inequality and rising indebtedness; if we eliminate tuition, that’ll strike a blow against both so wa-hey! The word “neoliberal” appears frequently.
I haven’t worked on apprenticeship projects much in the last few years, but one of my current gigs has got me thinking about the area again. And one thing that I apparently missed completely was a new (well, new to me anyway) effort to harmonize apprenticeship program sequencing nationally (details here).
Wait a minute, you say – weren’t apprenticeships always harmonized? Isn’t that what Red Seal is all about?
Well, sort of. Red Seal was about harmonizing outcomes. Basically, Red … [ Read More ]
A couple of years ago, an American academic by the name of James Bessen wrote a fascinating book called Learning by Doing: The Real Connection Between Innovation, Wages and Wealth. (It’s brilliant. Read it). It’s an examination of what happened to wages and productivity over the course of the industrial revolution, particularly in the crucial cotton mill industry. And the answer, it turns out, is that despite all the investment in capital which permitted vast jumps in labour productivity, in fact … [ Read More ]