Newsletter - February 2024
Transport Canada grants $2.6 million to CIRANO

Transport Canada announced funding for the project "Data Science and Knowledge Transfer Hub for Trade and Intermodal Transportation in the St. Lawrence/Great Lakes Corridor (SLGL)."

For this project, the Government of Canada will contribute up to $2.6 million over 5 years to CIRANO through the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF). Researcher and Fellow Thierry Warin (HEC Montréal and CIRANO) led the application.

Several researchers from HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, UQAM, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Rimouski, University of Ottawa will be involved, in collaboration with CIRRELT and IVADO. Various ministries, municipalities, and ecosystem stakeholders will be involved in different aspects of the project.

The launch will take place on March 21, at the CIRANO Pole on Data Science for Trade and Intermodal Transportation's annual Symposium, organized in collaboration with Transport Canada.

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Experimental and behavioral economics
tw What is behavioral economics? How does it relate to experimental economics? Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin (Polytechnique Montréal), Pierre-Carl Michaud (HEC Montréal), Sabine Kröger (Université Laval), Huan Xie (Concordia University), Brahim Boudarbat (Université de Montréal) and Pierre-Olivier Pineau (HEC Montréal) provide us some answers to these questions in a new CIRANO video.
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Presentation of the highlights of the "Baromètre de la confiance des consommateurs québécois à l'égard des aliments" to MAPAQ
tw On January 24, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin and Ingrid Peignier presented the highlights of the "Baromètre de la confiance des consommateurs québécois à l'égard des aliments" (Barometer of Quebec consumers' confidence in food) at a training seminar for MAPAQ employees. The Barometer is a measurement tool developed at CIRANO.
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The video of the webinar "Geographic mobility and Intergenerational Transmission of Income in Quebec" is now available online.
tw The video of the January 18 webinar "Geographic Mobility and Intergenerational Transmission of Income in Quebec" is now available online. Organized in collaboration with the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) and the Canadian Research Data Centre Network, this seminar was an opportunity for authors Marie Connolly and Xavier St-Denis to present the analyses and results of a recent CIRANO study on social mobility.
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First issues of the semi-annual PERSPECTIVES journal
tw Twice a year, CIRANO publishes a collection of the PERSPECTIVES articles published during the year. Each semi-annual issue will provide a full understanding of the breadth and cross-cutting nature of the research conducted at CIRANO. In a few pages, readers will have a good appreciation of the diversity and relevance of the topics addressed by our research community.
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Welcome to the new CIRANO Researchers
tw CIRANO is pleased to welcome three new researchers : Franca Glenzer, Assistant Professor in the Finance Department at HEC Montréal, Luc Bissonnette, Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Université Laval, François M. Castonguay, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management, Evaluation and Policy at the University of Montreal School of Public Health. 
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CIRANO-CIREQ Workshops on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics in 2024
tw From the beginning of January to the end of April 2024, CIRANO and CIREQ are organizing workshops in environmental and natural resource economics. This workshop is intended for researchers and doctoral students in economics who are interested in the economics of natural resources and the environment.
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Publication of a new handbook co-edited by Michel Magnan
tw Michel Magnan (Concordia University, CIRANO) and Giovanna Michelon (University of Bristol) released their recent book: "Handbook on Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility."
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Brahim Boudarbat in the media on immigrant economic integration
tw Brahim Boudarbat, Professor at the Université de Montréal and CIRANO Researcher and Fellow, is in the media following the publication of the CIRANO report "Les minorités visibles nées au Canada: l’angle mort des politiques d’intégration au marché du travail" last month. He is quoted in two articles: the first in Les Affaires and the second in Le Devoir.
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Conference on Inequalities and Poverty: Call for Papers
tw The Research Chair in International Economics in collaboration with CIREQ and CIRANO is organizing a conference on April 29, 2024 in Montreal on “New Research and Policy Perspectives on Inequality and Poverty.”
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Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin led a panel with Minister Fitzgibbon during the launch of phase 2 of the OBVIA
tw Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, CEO of CIRANO, moderated a panel on January 26, 2024, titled "Employment, Innovation, and Economy - Why Addressing Societal Impacts is Essential for Successful AI Integration?" with Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy, Innovation, and Energy (MEIE), at the event marking the launch of phase 2 of Obvia, supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
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Conditional release, social reintegration and criminal recidivism
Monday, February 5, 2024
In Quebec, offenders sentenced to more than six months are eligible for parole once they have served one-third of their sentence. About half of eligible offenders choose to waive their right to attend a parole hearing. Why? During this seminar, authors Guy Lacroix (Université Laval, CIRANO) and William Arbour (Université de Montréal) will present the analyses and results of a recent CIRANO study that identifies the key determinants of the choice to waive parole hearings and examines the causal effect of parole on recidivism.
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Bourstad webinar : The basics of investing in the stock market
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Do you want to invest successfully in the stock market? Learn about the world of finance and portfolio management with the creator of Bourstad, a financial education activity from CIRANO. In this presentation for beginners, Paul Bourget, project director at CIRANO will present and explain the basics of investing in the stock market.
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CIRANO-CIREQ Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Friday, February 9, 2024
This workshop on natural resource and environmental economics will host Justin Kakeu, Associate Professor at Université de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. The second speaker will be David Benatia, Assistant Professor at HEC Montréal, who will present “Air Pollution and Children's Health Inequalities”.
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Bourstad webinar : Portfolio Management in a Bourstad Simulation
Thursday, February 15, 2024
In this webinar, the experts Erika Toth, CFA, and Paul Bourget, founder and director of the Bourstad project at CIRANO, will explain how to manage a financial portfolio in order to make a set of securities grow.
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Quebec infrastructure plan: interprovincial comparison and sustainability
Friday, February 16, 2024
During this seminar, authors Pierre-Carl Michaud (HEC Montréal, CIRANO), Marcelin Joanis (Polytechnique Montréal, CIRANO) and Louis Lévesque will discuss a CIRANO study in which they conclude that the investments planned in the Quebec Infrastructure Plan (PQI) for the coming decades are unlikely to be sufficient to address the rapidly growing asset maintenance deficit (AMD).
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Webinaire Bourstad : La gestion de portefeuille dans une simulation Bourstad
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
In this webinar, experts Ian Gascon, President of Placements Idema and winner of the 1998 Bourstad competition, and Kelly Trihey, CFA, CEO of Trihey Financial Group, will explain how to manage a financial portfolio to grow a set of securities.
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Integration of immigrants and visible minorities in Quebec and Canada
Thursday, February 22, 2024
A recent CIRANO report by Brahim Boudarbat (Université de Montréal, CIRANO) and Idossou Marius Adom (International Monetary Fund) concludes that integration into the job market in Quebec and Canada is determined more by belonging to a visible minority than by being an immigrant. Even if they were born in Canada, members of visible minorities seem to struggle to carve out a place for themselves in the job market. During this symposium, Brahim Boudarbat will present the highlights of his study. A panel of people from various backgrounds will then discuss the issues involved in welcoming and integrating immigrants to Quebec.
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Thematic Year Symposium: Accelerate the transition to a sustainable and innovative biofood sector
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
For its annual 2023-2024 theme "Accelerating the transition to a sustainable and innovative biofood sector", CIRANO is mobilizing its network of biofood researchers to organize a one-day symposium bringing together all government partners involved in the Biofood Policy. This symposium is an integral part of MAPAQ's consultations on updating the policy, and will highlight the sector's issues and priorities beyond 2025.  Throughout the day, presentations by CIRANO experts will alternate with reflection workshops. This event of experience sharing and collective intelligence workshops will focus on four key themes for the future of the sector.
Performance of health care and services for seniors in Quebec
Thursday, February 1, 2024
Webinaire Bourstad : Les bases de l’investissement boursier
Thursday, February 1, 2024
CIREQ-CIRANO Webinar on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Friday, January 26, 2024
Healthcare financing webinar: learning from Morocco's experience with activity-based pricing
Monday, January 22, 2024
Brownbag Webinar : Geographic Mobility and the Intergenerational Transmission of Income in Québec
Thursday, January 18, 2024
Information and video
Bourstad: Launch of registrations for the Bourstad 2024 competition
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
PERSPECTIVES Semi-annual Journal
Revue semi-annuelle 2023 - Volume 1 N˚2 (CIRANO )
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