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This research area covers policies that affect the climate or incentives for business investment, and that influence business growth and innovation stemming from or embodied in human capital, R&D, fixed investments or the organisation of businesses themselves, including corporate governance issues.

Government Intervention in Venture Capital in Canada: Toward Greater Transparency and Accountability
January 26, 2017 - Richard Rémillard
Governments across Canada need to reform their approach to venture capital policy, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Government Intervention in Venture Capital in Canada:...
A Crisis of Capital: Canadian Workers Need More Tools, Buildings and Equipment
December 16, 2015 - Aaron Jacobs, Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson
For the first time since the 2008-2009 economic crisis and recession, capital investment by business has declined, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “A Crisis of Capital: Canadian...
Mushrooms and Yeast: The Implications of Technological Progress for Canada’s Economic Growth
September 2, 2015 - Peter Howitt
Economic growth from technological innovation tends to spring up in unpredictable places, creating winners and losers, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Mushrooms and Yeast: The...
Small Business Preferences as a Barrier to Growth: Not so Tall After All
May 20, 2015 - Benjamin Dachis and John Lester
Small business tax breaks do not create significant barriers to growth, but they still come with a high cost, says a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Small Business Preferences...
Simplifying the Rule Book: a Proposal to Reform and Clarify Canada’s Policy on Inward Foreign Direct Investment
May 3, 2015 - A.E. Safarian
Ottawa should end the economic review of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Simplifying the Rule Book: a Proposal to Reform and...
Measuring Innovation in Canada: The Tale Told by Patent Applications
November 28, 2014 - Aaron Jacobs, Benjamin Dachis, Nicholas Chesterley and Robbie Brydon
Alberta and Ontario are leading the pack in innovation as measured by patents filed per capita, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Measuring Innovation in Canada: The Tale...
Sorry, Mr. Morneau, but there’s no denying that Canada’s competitiveness is dismal: Financial Post Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and economist Jack Mintz debated Canada’s competitiveness for business investment in Wednesday’s FP Comment. Morneau said Canada’s competitiveness is good, and...
Anthony Niblett - Machines to the Rescue in Cutting Red Tape
Intelligence Memos
From: Anthony Niblett To: Regulators and the Regulated across Canada Date: April 10, 2018 Re: Machines to the Rescue in Cutting Red Tape Government regulation of individual and business activity is...
Schwanen, Wyonch - An Innovation Report Card for Canada
Intelligence Memos
From: Daniel Schwanen and Rosalie Wyonch To: Innovation Policymakers Date: March 26, 2018 Re: An Innovation Report Card for Canada Fostering innovation in the Canadian economy requires bringing a pro...

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