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The unemployment and education gap between young men and young women is widening

Back in the 1980s Tom Peters was among the first thinkers to suggest that women would rule the knowledge-based economy of the future.  I recall he said something about men being good for heavy lifting or something similar to that. … Continue reading

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Immigration-to-atlantic-canada-for-dummies

Since I didn’t get my invitation to speak to the parliamentary committee studying immigration and Atlantic Canada even though I probably have analyzed more data on this than just about anyone else, I’ll give you my thumbnail analysis of the … Continue reading

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The bonfire of my vanities

My working hypothesis for the past 20+ years has been that New Brunswick could be a place that achieves strong economic growth, boosts its population, has dynamic urban centres and strong rural economies. The problems, it seemed to me, were … Continue reading

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Expanding Riverview’s role as a air traffic control centre (?)

For those of you unfamiliar with Riverview, New Brunswick, some of the nicest homes belong to the folks working at the NAVCAN  Flight Information Region.  There are five of these across Canada.  Ever since I moved back to New Brunswick … Continue reading

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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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