Author Archives: David Campbell

Nudging the invisible hand – just a tiny, little bit.

For those of you who think I’ve gone all Mariana Mazzucato on you and think government should become a market maker – relax, but I do believe government can be a market nudger. As I have written about many times … Continue reading

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India: Investment, exports and talent all in one package?

There are few countries that are the whole package.  If a  jurisdiction is looking to attract investment (or firms that want to invest there) it is normally richer countries such as the U.S. If a jurisdiction wants to develop export … Continue reading

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New Brunswick: Nearly 1/5th into a New Century

As I get older I realize there actually isn’t much that old people have on the young.  These days skills can be acquired at lightening speed, many young people have figured out the importance of networks in a way that … Continue reading

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The importance of skin in the game

I’m not sure where this term, skin in the game, comes from – I won’t google it because I may not like its origin but I do like the concept.  I think it applies to economic development here in New … Continue reading

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Ensuring there are workers across the labour market spectrum

The new immigration pilot worked out with the feds is unique because the Atl. provinces can now attract needed workers across the labour market spectrum – from fish plant workers to engineers. I have had more than a few people … Continue reading

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Millennial self-employment in export-oriented industries: An NB challenge

I have been thinking a lot lately about entrepreneurship among Millennials. If we want a vibrant and durable economy moving forward we need the next generation of ambitious and growth-focused entrepreneurs to step up.  Over the past decade we have … Continue reading

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New Brunswick’s missing 35 to 44 year olds: A lesson in demographics

There is a view that youth out-migration is something that can be fixed – like you would fix an old car.  The reality is much more nuanced.  The following chart shows the New Brunswick population by age cohort relative to the … Continue reading

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New Brunswick’s $250,000 problem

New Brunswick has 59% fewer people who earn $200,000 per year and 63% fewer people who earn $250,00 per year compared to Canada as a whole. To put that into some kind of context, you would have to look far and … Continue reading

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Energy and mining export values down, gypsum, aquaculture and peanut butter up

A quick look at the international export data for the first four months of 2016 reveals that the value of energy-related exports is down significantly this year so far. The total value of refined petroleum exports, gas exports (mostly LNG) … Continue reading

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Learning from Leicester City

I think there are lessons to be drawn from the Leicester City Foxes who recently won the 2015-16 English Premier League. The Foxes were 5,000 to 1 to win on the season’s opening day. I can’t help but take a little jab at … Continue reading

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