Newsletter - March 2022
Conference to launch the activities of Québec économique 10: Compétences et transformation du marché du travail

The Québec économique 10: Compétences et transformation du marché du travail is coming soon!

An hybrid conference will take place on March 15, 2022 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and will launch the activities related to the book.

During the various activities related to this 10th book, the authors of the book will discuss several key elements of this theme, such as the renewed strength of the labour market in times of pandemic and the issues related to telework. Some possible solutions to labour market imbalances will also be explored: the integration of immigrant workers and marginalized groups and the reorganization of work. In addition, the importance of initial training for individuals and the matching of skills to labour market needs will be discussed.

In this first event moderated by Genevieve Dufour, coordinator of the book, the panelists will present their respective chapters and discuss the skills and importance of education.

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Creation of a Claude Montmarquette Scholarship
tw Claude Montmarquette, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal, one of the founders and also researcher and Fellow of CIRANO, passed away in September 2021, after a long and distinguished career in which he contributed significantly to public policy development and applied econometrics. The Claude Montmarquette scholarship is an initiative of his colleagues and collaborators at the Department of Economics of the Université de Montréal and CIRANO, as well as his friends, who wish to pay tribute to him and honor his memory.
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Appointment of three new CIRANO researchers
tw CIRANO is pleased to welcome three new researchers. Laure Saulais (PhD in Economic Sciences), Associate Professor in the Department of Agri-Food, Economics and Consumer Sciences at Laval University, Jie He (PhD in Economic Sciences), Full Professor in the Department of Economics at Sherbrooke university and Federico Severino (PhD in Economics and Finance), Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate at Laval University.  
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Martino Pelli received the «Excellence in Research Award» from the School of Management of Sherbrooke University
tw As part of the Research Day of the School of Management of the University of Sherbrooke, Martino Pelli, associate professor in the Department of Economics of the University of Sherbrooke and CIRANO researcher, received the 2021 « Research Excellence Award ». This distinction recognizes his excellence in research over the past three years as well as his ability to address the consequences of major events (such as hurricanes) at the household level.  
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Benoit Aubert appointed Senior Editor of the «Journal of strategic information systems»
tw Benoit Aubert, HEC Montréal professor, CIRANO researcher and Fellow has been appointed Senior Editor of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems (JSIS) The Journal of Strategic Information Systems (JSIS) is a prestigious journal that publishes research from around the world about information technology (IT) and more specifically on the incorporation of IT into organizations' strategic thinking, strategy alignment, organizational arrangements and management of change issues.
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2022 Fiscal Policy Challenge: It's time to sign up!
tw There is still time to participate to the 2022 Fiscal Policy Challenge! This competition, intended for Bachelor degree students (cumulating 30 credits or more) and for Master's degree students in economics or other related fields (finance, taxation, political science), aims to stimulate thinking and find innovative and rigorous solutions to current public policy issues.  Theme of the 2022 edition: The impact of the rising cost of living To register, go to the CIRANO website.
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35th edition of the Bourstad Challenge
tw The 2022 Bourstad challenge started on February 14th! Until April 14, 2022, novice and seasoned investors will have the opportunity to manage a $200,000 virtual portfolio and invest this amount by choosing securities from a selection of real securities listed on stock markets. At the awards ceremony in May 2022, the simulation jury will award prizes totaling more than $35,000 to the top performers in the three components of the competition: financial performance, portfolio management and responsible investing.
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Study to assess the incidence of COVID-19 in Quebec - Updated with data from the week of February 24 to March 1st, 2022
tw CIRANO has published an update of its exploratory study to estimate the incidence of COVID-19 cases in Quebec. This update integrates the data from the seventh week of collection, which took place from february 24 to march 1st 2022. The data collected seem to confirm that the incidence of cases continues to decline slightly.This seventh week of collection reinforces the fact that the network scale-up (NSS) method better tracks the long-term trend and that the NSS estimators are much more robust than the direct sampling strategy.
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Information tools on food, biofood products and food risks in Quebec
tw Bernard Korai, Associate Professor in the Department of Agri-Food Economics and Consumer Sciences at Laval University and CIRANO researcher, and Ibrahima Bocoum, Associate Professor at Laval University, recently published the study «Information tools on food, bio-food products and food risks in Quebec». This study analyses the factors contributing to the quality of food and nutritional information in Quebec, and how this affects the level of Quebecers’ food literacy. It also suggests potential avenues for promoting healthy eating habits.
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Bourstad Webinar - Financial portfolio management
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
In this webinar of the Bourstad series, the experts Ian Gascon, President of Idema Investments and winner of the 1998 Bourstad contest and and Paul Bourget, founder and director of Bourstad projects at CIRANO, explained how to manage a financial portfolio in order to make a set of securities grow.  
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Bourstad Webinar - Bourstad Webinar - Behind Crypto-assets, Crypto-currencies, Web 3.0 and NFT: the blockchain
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
New terms appeared recently, such as crypto-assets, crypto-currencies, and NFTs. Often, they also come with new promises and revolutions. During this webinar on March 2nd, our experts Robert Normand, CIRANO project director, Thierry Warin, professor at HEC Montréal, CIRANO researcher and Fellow, and Paul Bourget, founder and director of Bourstad projects at CIRANO, presented their perspectives and offered their overview of these innovations. 
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Midi-webinaire CIQSS - The link between numeracy skills and labour market outcomes in Quebec
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Raquel Fonseca, Full Professor at UQAM and Catherine Haeck, Associate Professor at UQAM will discuss whether disparities in numeracy skills can explain the wage gap between men and women.  To this end, they will present the highlights of the CIRANO project report « The link between numeracy skills and labour market outcomes in Quebec ».
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Webinar - Should Quebec raise consumption taxes ?
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Markus Poschke, Associate Professor at McGill University, CIRANO researcher and Fellow will present the highlights of the CIRANO report «Should Quebec raise consumption taxes?» on March 17, 2022 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Report co-authored with David Leung, Assistant Professor at National Taiwan University. Dalibor Stevanonic, Associate Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG UQAM), Fellow and main researcher of the Economic and Fiscal Policies theme will moderate the presentation.  
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Montreal Series: CIRANO-CIREQ-RSI-CREEi 2022 Workshop on the Economics of Ageing
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Old age is often associated with lower income and labour supply, and with higher medical and long-term care needs. As population ages, this creates challenges both for society and individuals, some of which (especially related to long-term care) have been reinforced with the recent pandemic.  As part of the « Montreal Series on the Economy of Aging », the conference on the economy of aging will take place on April 28 and 29 (in person) at CIRANO. Is an open academic event that will gather international and national scientists studying the economics of ageing.
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Bourstad Webinar - Responsible Investment and Corporate Social Responsibility
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
In this webinar, experts Michel Magnan, full professor at Concordia University, Thomas Estinès, president of the Groupe Investissement responsable, and Paul Bourget, founder and director of Bourstad projects at CIRANO, will explain what responsible investment and corporate social responsibility are all about. This webinar is exclusively for Bourstad contest participants
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Working Papers
Combien de personnes ont développé des symptômes ou contracté la Covid-19 au Québec ? Une étude exploratoire (David Boisclair, Roxane Borgès Da Silva, Vincent Boucher, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, Pierre-Carl Michaud and Ingrid Peignier)
Project Reports
Le Québec devrait-il augmenter les taxes à la consommation? (David Leung, Markus Poschke)
Modélisation de règles budgétaires pour l’après-COVID (Bryan Campbell, Michel Magnan, Benoit Perron, Molivann Panot)
Outils d’information sur l’alimentation, les produits bioalimentaires et les risques alimentaires au Québec (Bernard Korai, Ibrahima Bocoum)
All the publications