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IRPP book awarded the Doug Purvis Memorial Prize

June 3, 2017 Print

Montreal – Graham Fox, President and CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy congratulates David Green, Craig Riddell and the IRPP’s France St-Hilaire on winning the 2017 Doug Purvis Memorial Prize for their edited volume Income Inequality: The Canadian Story.

The book, published by the IRPP in February 2016, is the result of a two-year collaboration between the Institute and the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network (CLRSN). It brought together 27 leading economists and experts in the field to examine income inequality trends in Canada, the factors contributing to its marked increase since the early 1980s and the role of policy in addressing the problem.

The OECD sounded the alarm a few years ago on the pervasive, decades-long rise in inequality in most member countries, warning of its potentially detrimental effects on social cohesion, political stability, support for trade liberalization and ultimately economic growth. This book provides a detailed portrait of the situation in Canada in this regard and a policy road map for a more resilient and equal society.

David Green and Craig Riddell are professors at the Vancouver School of Economics at University of British Columbia and research fellows at the IRPP. France St-Hilaire is vice-president of research at the IRPP. She oversees the Institute’s research agenda and coordinates certain projects on economic and social policy.

This marks the second time that the IRPP has won the Purvis Prize, which is awarded annually to the authors of a highly significant, written contribution to Canadian economic policy. The award was established in 1994 in memory of noted Canadian economist Doug Purvis.


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