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Home Policy Articles: Monetary & Capital Management: Page 3

Market economies are based upon money. An important field of study with the realm of Economics and Political Economy concerns questions about the movement of money within regional, national, and international markets. What institutions govern money and investment? What techniques are best to use in managing the flow of money? Should there be fewer or additional barriers to the movement of money and capital across borders?

This section of focuses on the important political and economic debates around the macro-management of money.



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The Impact of the Appreciation of the Dollar on the Canadian Economy

In January 2004, the Public Policy Forum hosted a dinner and roundtable to discuss the economic impact of the Canadian dollar’s recent appreciation. This report, prepared by Nicole Murphy and Yves Poisson, summarizes the ideas discussed at that roundtable.

The Implications of the Collapse of Enron for Canada – Summary of Discussion

The collapse of Enron led to much discussion – within both Canada and the United States – regarding the overall impact of such a large corporation’s downfall. Shortly after Enron’s collapse the Public Policy Forum brought together leading figures from the arenas of Canadian fiscal, monetary, and regulatory policy for a discussion pertaining to what the incident might mean for Canadian capital markets and regulatory institutions. This report, by David Brook, is the product of that dialogue.

The Management and Regulation of Occupational Pension Plans in Canada

In this study Edward Tamagno examines how occupational pension plans in Canada are managed.

The Privatization of Liquor Retailing in Alberta

In this paper West examines liquor market in Alberta. He suggests that, traditionally, this market has been heavily regulated in Canada; even when private firms have produced alcohol, they have operated in a regulatory environment with such rigor that, in effect, private firms were an extension of government mandates. West points out without this tight regulation, the rationale suggests that there would be unacceptable social costs.

The Real Reasons for the Canadian Dollar’s Power Trip – And What Not To Do About It

In this e-brief, Guillemette, Laidler and Robson argue that the immediate causes of the Canadian dollar’s rise in value can be attributed to: buoyant world demand for Canadian exports, and the general depreciation of the U.S. dollar. They point out there are calls for the authorities to do something to hold down the dollar’s rise, to fix the exchange rate, or even to abandon the dollar altogether for some kind of North American currency union. They argue, however, that these reactions are misplaced.

Towards open skies for airlines in Canada

According to Pierre J. Jeanniot, the Canadian government is considering greater liberalization in the country’s airline industry in line with the current international trend toward open markets in aviation.

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.

Water and Wastewater Treatment in Canada: Tapping into Private-Sector Capital, Expertise, and Efficiencies

In this report, Elizabeth Brubaker argues that Canada’s wastewater treatment facilities need the private sector in order to protect the nation’s water supply and the health of Canadians.

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