Author Archives: David Campbell

The disappearing wage gap between NB and Ontario

Someone asked me about the wage gap between New Brunswick and Ontario after reading my column this week.  Happy to accommodate. If you go back to the 1950s, depending on the measure you use the wage ‘gap’ between New Brunswick … Continue reading

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Are we fostering ‘fake’ startups? Separating fact from hyperbole

Diane Francis loves to stir the pot. Her column, Grants to ‘fake startups’ won’t build Silicon Valley North. They will only spawn Bombardier-like boondoggles, got a lot of blood boiling – particularly in Atl. Canada for whom she lobbed some … Continue reading

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Engineering economic development: Who’s got the power?

I see that Quebec City-based Englobe Corp. has bought Crandall Engineering following a trend of national and international firms scooping up New Brunswick-based engineering firms (ADI, etc.).    It might just be me but it seems that an increasing number … Continue reading

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Competition is good, comrades!

I’m watching Comrade Detective on Amazon Prime Video while on the treadmill these days.  It’s a fascinating thing to behold.  The show is a Romanian detective show from the 1980s that is completely laced with socialist propaganda.   All dialogue and sets/scenery … Continue reading

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Stranger Things: New Brunswick labour market edition

Statistics Canada recently published a report stating that the growth in paid employment in New Brunswick is highly correlated to the growth in the working age population. Quelle suprise. The article seems to imply the causality is one way.  If … Continue reading

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Be a little careful with the youth unemployment data

Youth unemployment is back in the news after new data suggesting we still have a high unemployment rate among the young. The government just announced a whack of money to alleviate the pain of high youth unemployment.   While high unemployment … Continue reading

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Shediac: New Brunswick’s most cosmopolitan municipality?

As you know I have been crunching a lot of Census data recently and have stumbled on some quirky stats.  The latest relates to the megalopolis of Shediac.  The Census provides information on population mobility – specifically asking where people … Continue reading

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Dr. Strangebedfellows or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Amazon

Over the Christmas season I had a craving for Cherries Jubilee, a decadent dessert featuring a warm Bing cherry sauce served over vanilla ice cream. I went online, downloaded the ingredient list and went to the grocery store. One ingredient, … Continue reading

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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: Workforce edition

One of my problems is distraction.  I’ll be crunching data for a report or presentation and stumble on a tangential piece of data that is interesting.  For example, the new annual Labour Force Survey data for 2017 recently came out … Continue reading

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The exogenous shock theory of economic development

In the early 1990s when I first started thinking about economic development I had a chat with a Quebec consultant who was helping the provincial government there develop economic growth strategies.  He was convinced the only way to grow was … Continue reading

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