April 3, 2012 – The C.D. Howe Institute’s groundbreaking study of immigration policy reform has been shortlisted for the 2011/12 Donner Prize.
Allan Gotlieb, Chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation, announced today that Toward Improving Canada’s Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach by Charles M. Beach, Alan G. Green and Christopher Worswick is one of four finalists for the prize.
The Donner Prize was established in 1998 to recognize and reward the best public policy thinking, writing and research in Canada. The 2011/2012 shortlisted books were chosen from a field of 58 submissions. The winner will receive $50,000, with $7,500 awarded to the other shortlisted titles.
Charles Beach is a Professor of Economics at Queen’s University and Christopher Worswick is a Professor of Economics at Carleton University. Alan G. Green, who died before the book was completed, was a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Queen’s University.
The book, published by the C.D. Howe Institute in October 2011, assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the current point system used to screen new arrivals, identifies the policy levers that affect the attributes and success rates of new arrivals, and breaks new ground by providing a tool to measure those impacts.
“We congratulate the authors on producing a book that is already serving as a valuable resource for federal and provincial policy makers,” said William Robson, President of the C.D. Howe Institute and a past Donner Prize winner.
“Beach, Green and Worswick conclude that Canada’s approach to immigration faces major challenges, and requires reform if Canada is to meet the international competition for skilled immigrants,” he continued.
Work published by the C.D. Howe Institute has won more research awards than any other independent Canadian think tank.
“Two Percent Target: Canadian Monetary Policy Since 1991,” by David Laidler and William Robson won the 2004 Donner Prize. “Signposts of Success: Interpreting Ontario’s Elementary School Test Scores,” by David Johnson and “Most Favoured Nation: Building a Framework for Smart Economic Policy,” by Jack Mintz were shortlisted for the 2005 and 2001 Donner Prize. C.D. Howe Institute research has also been awarded one-quarter of the Purvis Memorial Prizes to date.
Founded in 1958, The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit organization that aims to raise Canadians’ living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. It is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, with research that is rigorous, evidence-based, and peer-reviewed, recommendations that are relevant, constructive, and timely, and communications that are clear, authoritative and practical.
Copies of the book can be ordered at: http://www.cdhowe.org/toward-improving-canada’s-skilled-immigration-policy-an-evaluation-approach/15132
For more information contact: James Fleming, Editor and Vice President, Media, C.D. Howe Institute: (416) 865-1904