Public policies for equality and social mobility in Canada
Author: Miles Corak, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa
Release Date: February 22, 2013
Acting as a framing background paper for our second event in The Canada We Want in 2020 Speaker Series - Equality of Opportunity, ‘Public policies for equality and social mobility in Canada’. Author Miles Corak, Professor of Economics from the University of Ottawa, details the public policy drivers behind social mobility in Canada, and its links to equality of opportunity for Canadian citizens. The paper offers a series of innovative policy solutions that the federal government could take to ensure high degrees of mobility, and lower degrees of inequality.
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