AIMS Student Blogs: CETA, Minimum Wage, Federal Stimulus

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By Alex Whalen, Operations Manager

Here at AIMS, we maintain this “Straight Talk” blog on a year-round basis, with commentaries from our staff and fellows. As readers may be aware, AIMS also operates a student outreach program called AIMS on Campus, which includes a student blog.

AIMS on Campus is generously supported by the Lotte and John Hecht Foundation. The goal of the program is to promote economic education, market-based ideas, and internship opportunities among post-secondary students. Earlier this fall, AIMS on Campus hosted two events with Dr. Irvin Studin, discussing the image of a Canada with 100-million people. You can view excerpts from Dr. Studin here. The program will be hosting more events during the spring semester. Please follow http://www.aimsoncampus.ca for more.

One key element of the AIMS on Campus program is writing and blogging opportunities for our student fellows. I’d like to highlight here three recent student blogs that may be of interest. All were written by AIMS on Campus Student Fellows:

  1. “A flawed, demand-side response to supply-side problems”, by Justin Hatherly. This article examines the limits of fiscal stimulus, arguing that Canada’s current economic problems are supply related and based on global forces. Read it here.
  2. “Benefits of the CETA trade deal for Atlantic Canada”, by Salman Dostmohammad. In light of some recent anti-trade rhetoric, the author discusses the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU. Benefits for Atlantic Canadian exports will be widespread. Read it here.
  3. “Minimum wage: a tax by another name”, by Chris Sallie. The author discusses our recent minimum wage hikes in relation to the basic personal exemption (BPE). He points out that minimum wages impact small businesses, while raising the BPE would impact government revenues. Read it here.

Stay tuned to the AIMS on Campus website for further blogs as well as event postings.

 

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