Newsletter - June 2022
CIRANO launches a new research theme: Inequality and Poverty


CIRANO's research has been enriched with the creation of a new theme: Inequality and Poverty, which has been added to the nine existing themes in order to better reflect the work carried out in this field at CIRANO. 

These 10 Major Themes and 4 Federative Poles are interrelated, they allow multidisciplinary and transversal research and foster research collaborations between researchers from CIRANO's 12 partner universities but also from institutions in the rest of Canada, the United States and Europe. 

The work carried out in this new theme focuses on the various issues of inequalities between individuals: inequalities of opportunity, inequalities of income and wealth, inequalities in financial preparation for retirement, inequalities in access to the labour market, and gender inequalities. The intergenerational transmission of inequalities, social mobility - or lack of it -, the issues of guaranteed minimum income or inequalities in the distribution of income and wealth, including the macroeconomic and distributive impacts of taxation will also be addressed.

Presentation of the 2022-2023 research program
tw After another complicated year in terms of health, economic and social levels, the 2022-2023 research program reflects the dynamism of CIRANO's research in the service of such current social issues. More than 60 very diversified research projects are planned this year in either one of our 10 major research themes or as part of our major initiatives such as CIRANO Poles, scientific partnerships or research collaborations.
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Appointment of 9 new principal researchers
tw CIRANO is proud to announce the appointment of 7 new principal researchers who will be in charge of leading research in the major themes and poles as well as 2 principal researchers who will lead the CIRANO experimental economics laboratory: Erin C. Strumpf (McGill University), Martino Pelli (Université Sherbrooke), Nicolas Vincent (HEC Montréal), Kevin Moran (Université Laval), Raquel Fonseca (ESG UQAM), Markus Poschke (McGill University) and Carl-Ardy Dubois (Université de Montréal), Huan Xie (Concordia) and Sabine Kröger (Université Laval).
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Welcome to the new CIRANO Researchers
tw CIRANO is pleased to welcome one new researcher and two new associate researchers: Vincent Boucher, full professor at the Economics Department of the Université Laval, Vincent Geloso, assistant Professor at George Mason University and François Grin, professor and director of the Elf Observatory at the University of Geneva.
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Two researchers invited to CIRANO this summer
tw From June 1st to August 31st, 2022, Violeta Ruiz Almendral, Professor of Financial and Tax Law at the University Carlos III and David Ramos Muñoz, Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid will be guests at CIRANO.
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Jacques Forest was appointed Distinguished Fellow by the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA
tw Jacques Forest, full professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and CIRANO researcher, has received the Fellow Distinction from the Ordre des CRHA (Conseillers en Ressources Humaines Agréés) and CRIA (Conseillers en Relations Industrielles Agréés). The Fellow Distinction is the highest distinction conferred by the Ordre to CHRPs and CIRCs who, through their leadership, reputation, outstanding skills and achievements, contribute to the growth and influence of the profession and are a model for all human resources management professionals.
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Congratulations to the winner of the CIRANO 2022 Budget Policy Challenge
tw Each year, CIRANO, in collaboration with the Ministère des Finances du Québec, proposes an academic competition aimed at finding innovative and rigorous solutions to current public policy issues. The winner of the 2022 edition of the CIRANO Fiscal Policy Challenge on «The Impact of the Rising Cost of Living» is Athena Paramithiotis, a student from McGill University. She was awarded a $1000 prize for her work and involvement in the competition. Congratulations to her!
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Richard Bruno was a panelist at the webinar on the development strategy of Quantum in Quebec
tw Richard Bruno, CIRANO invited Fellow and a member of the TechnoMontreal Quantum Advisory Committee, participated in a webinar on Quantum development strategy in Quebec organized by Numana. While Quebec is well positioned globally by the quality of its quantum science research, can it become a major player in quantum technologies? This webinar was an opportunity to review the highlights of the Numana study and to discuss with quantum experts to better understand the potential of this industry whose market will grow from $480M to $3.2B between 2018 and 2030.
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Measuring Access to and Quality of Primary Care in Quebec: Insights from Research on Patient Enrolment Policies
tw More than one million “orphan” patients do not have a family physician in Quebec as revealed by the department of Health and Social Services scoreboard. Having access to a regular source of care is almost universally seen as a good thing. In this short note, Erin C. Strumpf, McGill Professor and Fellow CIRANO, and co-authors challenge this idea. 
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COVID-19: Understanding and acting on the social acceptability of public health measures
tw Research inspired by experimental economics provides a better understanding of the role that awareness and improved knowledge of the real risks associated with COVID-19 can play in people's intentions and their reactions following the implementation - or removal - of various measures. Roxane Borgès Da Silva, professor at the Université de Montréal and CIRANO Fellow, presents in this Perspective the results of two experimental studies conducted in the specific context of the schools reopening in September 2020. 
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Challenges and promises of tax reform
Monday, June 13, 2022
Any tax reform must adapt to the economic reality of the 21st century and ensure a tax system that is "more equitable, progressive, fair and that integrates environmental and digital taxation as well as the gender perspective." This quote is taken from the March 2022 report of the Spanish Tax Review Commission, but could just as easily be taken from the 2015 Godbout Report proposing a series of recommendations on Quebec taxation. This seminar will be an opportunity to learn more about the recommendations of the Spanish Tax Reform White Paper with Violeta Ruiz Almendral, one of the 18 experts who sat on the Spanish commission. Luc Godbout, who chaired the Commission d'examen sur la fiscalité québécoise, will offer his insightful perspective on the Spanish experience in the current context of Canadian and Quebec tax issues.  
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External activity: The labour market - labour scarcity, education needs and more...
Thursday, June 16, 2022
The Chair in Taxation and Public Finance (CFFP) is organizing "En route vers les élections du Québec 2022", a series of conferences with recognized experts in preparation for the Quebec elections of October 2022. One noon session per month, from March to September, the challenge will be to provide food for thought on various public finance issues (health, climate change, labour market, etc.). For this conference, Catherine Haeck, professor at UQAM and CIRANO Fellow, will take part in the debate on the labour shortage by presenting, among other things, the axes of the Québec économique 10 published last March.
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External activity: Summer conference on industrial organization
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The Montreal Summer Conference on Industrial Organization is back for its 9th edition on June 21 and 22, 2022 at HEC Montreal (Manuvie room). It is organized by Robert Clark (Queen's University and CIRANO), Allan Collard-Wexler (Duke University), Gautam Gowrisankaran (University of Arizona), Laura Lasio (McGIll and CIRANO), Mathieu Marcoux (Université de Montréal) and Mario Samano (HEC Montréal and CIRANO), and sponsored by HEC Montreal, CIRANO, the John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy (JDI), the Columbia Program for Economic Research and Duke University.
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Launching the 2022-2023 annual theme: Meeting the challenges of supply chains
Thursday, July 7, 2022
The pandemic, the shortage of work force, the climatic challenges as well as the economic situation linked to the war in Ukraine are as many factors which impact the supply chains of the whole world!  Given this context, CIRANO has chosen the theme «Meeting the challenges of supply chains» as annual theme for the year 2022-2023. At the launch of the annual theme on July 7 at CIRANO, researchers specialized in this field will address different topics around two round tables: The stakes of supply chains and The economic impacts of the war in Ukraine.
External Activity: Conference of Montreal of the International Economic Forum of the Americas
Monday, July 11, 2022
The 28th edition of the Montreal conference of the International Economic Forum of the Americas will focus this year on the green transition and all the issues related to this theme such as innovation for the green transition, disclosure of environmental risks, integration of ESG criteria, trade flows and supply chains, cyber-resilience, ... From July 11 to 13, numerous roundtables, forums or working sessions will be held and several CIRANO researchers will be involved. 
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External activity: 4POINT0 2022 International Conference
Monday, May 9, 2022
External Activity: 89th Congress of the Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS)
Monday, May 9, 2022
External activity: 61st Annual Meeting of the Société canadienne de science économique
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
External activity: ASDEQ 2022 Annual Conference - Economy and Pandemic Shock: Return to Normal or New Normal?
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Workshop: Markets with Frictions
Friday, May 13, 2022
Workshop: Joint Montreal Macro Brownbag
Monday, May 16, 2022
Webinar - How many people have developed symptoms or contracted Covid-19 in Quebec? An exploratory study
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Heterogeneity of reasons for dropping out of school: The impact of anticipations, opportunities and cognitive abilities of students in Tunisia
Friday, May 20, 2022
Award ceremony of the 35th edition of the Bourstad competition
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
External activity: CIREQ Montreal Econometrics Conference in honor of Éric Renault
Friday, May 27, 2022
External activity: Innovation management - public sector
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
External activity: 56th Annual Canadian Economics Association Meetings
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Webinar - Putting the “I” in ESG
Monday, June 6, 2022
External activity - from bank and securities regulation to corporate governance
Thursday, June 9, 2022
External Activity: International Conference of the Observatory for Child Health and Education (OPES)
Friday, June 10, 2022
Working Papers
Advantageous selection without moral hazard (with an application to life care annuities) (Philippe De Donder, Marie-Louise Leroux)
The economics of rural energy use in developing countries (Ujjayant Chakravorty, Martino Pelli, Ridhima Gupta)
Hétérogénéité des raisons d’abandons scolaire : l’impact des anticipations, des opportunités et des capacités cognitives des élèves en Tunisie (Mohamed Ayadi, Claude Montmarquette)
COVID-19 : Comprendre et agir sur l’acceptabilité sociale des mesures de santé publique (Roxane Borgès Da Silva)
Mesurer l’accès et la qualité des soins de première ligne au Québec : Réflexions issues de recherches sur la prise en charge des patients (Erin C. Strumpf, Laurie J. Goldsmith, Caroline E. King, Ruth Lavergne, Rita McCracken, ...)
Measuring Access to and Quality of Primary Care in Quebec: Insights from Research on Patient Enrolment Policies (Erin C. Strumpf, Laurie J. Goldsmith, Caroline E. King, Ruth Lavergne, Rita McCracken, ...)
Burgundy Reports
The return of inflation: a banker’s perspective (Robert Amzallag)
Project Reports
La détermination des agendas de discussion par les médias sociaux (Benoit Aubert, Jane Li, Markus Luczak-Roesch, Thierry Warin)
Le lien entre les compétences en numératie et les rendements sur le marché du travail au Québec (Raquel Fonseca, Marie Mélanie Fontaine, Catherine Haeck)
Appui gouvernemental à l’innovation : Proposition de cadre intégré (Bryan Campbell, Michel Magnan, Robert Turgeon)
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