The Double Diamond Design Process for Policy

How a framework from product and service design would help policymakers find the right programs and regulations to solve societal problems Through my many years working with regulators and policymakers, I have heard that they often struggle at the earliest stages of designing regulation. Often the impetus to develop a new program or regulation starts… Read More

Reducing Regulatory Red-Tape Prevents Corruption

Regulations, like building codes and permitting, are ostensibly designed to protect the safety and well-being of citizens. These licences and permits ensure that buildings are safe for its occupants. However, the lengthy process puts critical financial and economic power in the hands of a few bureaucrats. Read More

The Argument for Better Access to AEDs

I recently took my very first First Aid course with CPR and AED certification for St. John’s ambulance and I was astounded to learn how effective Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are at saving lives. In cases of cardiac arrest, an AED can double the rate of survival from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (Weisfeldt et. al.).… Read More

The Cost of Regulatory Opacity

The Canadian government’s recent blocking of the sale of Progress Energy Resources to Malaysian state-owned Petronas has raised calls to act on the vagueness of the “net benefit” test applied to mergers in Canada over $331 million. The lack of clear criteria for this net benefit test has serious economic implications for investment in Canada.… Read More

The Possible End of the Euro in Peripheral Countries

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced yesterday, the only way forward for the Euro is for a full political and fiscal union of the member countries. With small peripheral Euro economies, the need for political and fiscal integration was apparent from the start. However, lacking political will, it was impossible to implement. Now with anti-EU… Read More

Canada’s Brain Gain

To a roomful of academics in August, Stephen Harper announced the end of Canada’s “brain drain” – the end of highly skilled professionals leaving Canada for the U.S. and other countries. Although Canada’s “brain drain” was likely overblown even during the height of its hype (Here is a Stats Can report on the issue from… Read More

Why Isn’t Obama Considering a Consumption Tax?

Obama’s debt-reduction plan is unlikely to pass Republican-dominated congress because of its focus on higher taxes for the rich, ie. those making over $250,000 a year, as well as higher investment taxes. In total, Obama hopes to take $1.5 trillion more from wealthy Americans. Unfortunately, higher income taxes reduce the incentive to work and higher… Read More