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Anyone Got a Plan?

As a result of Hurricane Katrina, governments worldwide have scrutinized their emergency response plans for natural disasters. However, Michael Mendelson cautions, they have failed to plan for another type of emergency: an economic slump likely to happen within the next two to three years.

Monetary Convergence between Canada and the United States: A Critique of the Official View

This brief report serves as the introduction to Mapping the New North American Reality, a series of brief articles written by Canadian, American, and Mexican policy experts exploring the nature of North American economic integration.

No Excuse for Inaction: Inflation, Special Factors and the Case for Raising Interest Rates

Laidler and Robson begin their analysis by noting the Bank of Canada forewarned Canadians frequently about inflationary pressure, and that short-term interest rates would rise.

Sticking to its Knitting: Why the Bank of Canada Should Focus on Inflation Control, not Financial Stability

David Laidler argues it has become evident that low inflation is not, in and of itself, sufficient to guarantee bringing overall stability to the financial system. He points to the bursting of the high-tech stock market bubble in the late 1990s as an example of this; it occurred at a time when inflation was low and stable. Laidler points out that, at the same time, the Bank of Canada’s success in controlling inflation has been matched in many countries, to the point that monetary policy seems almost routine.

Two Percent Target – Canadian Monetary Policy Since 1991

In this book (the Donner Prize winner for 2004 as the best Canadian book on public policy) Laidler and Robson explore the transition from the tumultuous financial environment of the early 1990s, to the more peaceful state of play that exists in the early years of the new millennium. They note that inflation has remained low, the Bank of Canada commands more public respect than it has at any time since the 1950s, Canada’s fiscal situation has improved, and there has been no recession following that which occurred in 1991-92.