Economics for Public Policy

This blog is about economics that matters: for public policy; for Canadians; and for others. Run by Miles Corak, an award winning economist and writer, the blog is intended for an audience of engaged citizens who have a curiosity about economics and how it can inform public policy. Miles Corak is a professor at the University of Ottawa trained in labour economics, and working on child rights, poverty, immigration, social and economic mobility, unemployment, and social policy. He is also a member of the Economic Council of Advisors to Liberal Party of Canada.

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Miles Corak

Publications: Writer for Globe & Mail blog called Economy Lab - Writer for PBS NEWSHOUR blog MakingSen$e - Edited three books: Generational Income Mobility in North America and Europe -2004 Research Institute Affiliations: Institute for the Study of Labor, the Standford Center on Poverty and Inequality, the Inequality Measurement, Interpretation, and Policy Network of the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the C.D. Howe Institute, and the Broadbent Institute. Awards: 2012- “Excellence in Media Relations Award” from the University of Ottawa 2009- co-authored paper “Economic Mobility, Family Background, and the Well-Being of Children in Canada and the United States,” won the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s “Best Comparative Paper Award” 2014- pa

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Big government, just in time

Big government road into town just in time, but alas when he jumped off his bronco and reached for his six-gun it became clear he wasn’t just-in-time government. What is clear from the COVID-19 crisis is that we should always choose our leaders wi...

Public policy in competitive markets, for the bad and for the good

In this seventh lecture of Economics for Everyone, we address the nature of government intervention in perfectly competitive markets. Perfectly competitive markets lead to efficient outcomes, in the sense that no one can be made better off without m...

Intergenerational mobility over time and space

This is Lecture 7 of the course ECON 85600, “Inequality, Economic Opportunity, and Public Policy,” that my class and I are now conducting online. You are welcome to participate, and can review all the course materials at

What you need to know about Statistics Canada’s survey of the labour market

On Thursday, April 9th Statistics Canada will release the results of the Labour Force Survey for the month of March 2020. COVID19 makes this one of the most scrutinized releases in the 75 year history of the survey, reporting as it will on jobs and ...

“Perfect markets and the ‘World of Truth'”

In his widely read guide to economics—The Undercover Economist—Tim Harford writes: In a free market, people don’t buy things that are worth less to them than the asking price. And people don’t sell things that are worth more to them the ask...