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Stronger Regulations in Financial Markets: « Writing » Out the Rating Agencies?

Publié le 1 février, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Stronger Regulations in Financial Markets: « Writing » Out the Rating Agencies?

The 2008 financial crisis was all about a mispricing of risks. For years investors reaped the rewards of investing in risky securities such as mortgage-backed ones, and now they are simply bearing the costs. But the fact is, very few investors knew these assets were risky. Thanks to triple-A ratings by the credit rating agencies, […]

Hope Lies in Ruins: Deconstructing Neo-liberal Myths

Publié le 1 décembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Hope Lies in Ruins: Deconstructing Neo-liberal Myths

The ongoing financial crisis is receiving enormous amounts of attention and a plethora of analyses every day. However, reports and opinions rarely reflect the historical underpinnings that reach farther than 2001, and remain mainly oriented on very recent years, wars, and presidents, especially G.W. Bush; the effect of neoliberal policies is often neglected as well. […]

The Gender Income Gap

Publié le 1 mai, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The Gender Income Gap

The gender income gap in Canada is wide and persistent. While gender-role attitudes in society have become more egalitarian, and while more women than ever before are pursuing advanced degrees and joining the workforce, the disparity between men’s and women’s income has remained unchanged over the past decade. Why is this the case? Hannah Webster, […]

Competing on Diversity?

Publié le 1 janvier, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Competing on Diversity?

Canada’s immigration system attracts highly skilled workers to better compete in the global economy. Upon arrival in the country’s largest cities, however, immigrants find themselves ghettoized in highly racialized and gendered labour markets. A business-led campaign in Toronto to have foreign credentials recognized promotes an individualistic, market-based approach to the integration of immigrants that fails […]

Assessing the European Community’s Merger Regulations

Publié le 1 septembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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Assessing the European Community’s Merger Regulations

The European Community (EC) has come a long way since its initial attempts at merger control under provisions which were only tangentially applicable. Merger legislation of the 1980s enabled the European Commission to develop a test of market dominance for the assessment of transactions between undertakings. However, this test did not allow for the consideration […]