The article below, which is reprinted with permission of the author, is a working paper currently being carried on the website (USBIG.net) of the US Basic Income Guarantee network. It is to be published in a new book being edited by Richard Pereira. Financing Basic Income in Switzerland – state of the debate before the … More Financing Basic Income in Switzerland
If Pogo had been there he might have said “I have been to seek the future and it is here.” ILO Director General Guy Ryder, at a roundtable in Ottawa hosted by the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy (thepearsoncentre.ca) stated ” If we believe the future of work will be a slow process of change … More The International Labour Organization (ILO) Project on the Future of Work
Canadian federal and provincial governments can take a bow. The provincial education systems have been very successful for many years, and getting even better at expanding access to tertiary studies. The latest OECD report comparing the educational attainment of the population in member countries shows Canada in a very positive perspective. And it is likely … More Kudos to the Canadian Education System
We frequently hear discussion about the possibility that younger generations are going to be poorer than their parents. Many young adults are in entry jobs at ages when their parents were established and having children. Some claim that the baby boom set itself up with good education, good health insurance, good jobs, good job protection, … More Does Social Policy Support Intergenerational Fairness?
Wikipedia has an interesting table showing minimum wage rates in many countries. They then calculate what share of the GDP per capita in that country, a full time minimum wage worker worker would earn in a year. The following table presents some examples for Canada, USA and a few comparable countries. It also shows the … More A New Measure of Inequality in the Labour Force
For many decades, social policy analysts have commented on the differences between European, especially Scandinavian, countries and North America, in relation to welfare state policies. In Canada and the USA a term like “welfare” tends to be a label for programs which give out small amounts of money to the poor, who nonetheless are viewed … More Does Social Diversity Undermine Public Support for Social Insurance? New Research Findings
The OECD is encouraging member countries to increase educational attainment to support economic growth in the face of prospective economic slowdown. They also recommend broader access to higher levels of education to offset increasing economic inequality. Question is, are increased attainment and broader access complementary objectives? And are they attainable? OECD countries are spending more … More Education as Equalizer or Industry? New Issues and Challenges
We’ve heard lots about increasing inequality in North America and Europe, Solid research reports (such as OECD, Divided We Stand (2011)) have made it clear that not only are the rich getting richer, but for several decades, the poor and the middle classes have been losing ground. A Canadian Parliamentary Committee pointed out in Dec … More Politudes Commentary: Is the timing right to do something serious about inequality in North America?
Much of social theory has tended in the past to paint revolutions against rulers as uprisings of oppressed classes albeit often with leaders from more privileged backgrounds. However, the spread of education to large populations, when combined with new and widely accessible information technology, seems to be democratizing revolutionary capacity. The middle classes, especially if … More Revolution of the Middle Classes?
A follow-up study of the first recipients of intensive supervision and surveillance; Emily Gray, Keele University Since its inception, the Youth Justice Board (YJB) of the UK has initiated several innovative programs to try to reduce youth crime and to reduce re-offending. Consistent with the principles of evidence-based policies, favoured by the governments of the … More What happens to persistent and serious young offenders when they grow up?