Yanick Labrie
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Yanick Labrie holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Concordia University and a master's degree in economics from the Université de Montréal. Before joining the MEI, he taught economics at CEGEP St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and lectured at HEC Montréal's Institute of Applied Economics, from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that, he was economist at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO) from 2004 to 2006. He has authored numerous policy papers and is also frequently invited to participate in conferences and debates, and to comment on economic affairs in the media. Many of his articles have appeared in the National Post, The Gazette, The Province, La Presse and other newspapers. He also has a weekly radio column during a Montreal-area station’s morning show.

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Would Politicians Make Good Goalkeepers?

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:49 PM

As hundreds of millions of World Cup fans around the globe are well aware, penalty kicks are extremely important. They often determine who wins or loses, as they did in the penalty shootouts in the Round of 16 that saw Brazil eliminate Chile, and Costa Rica eliminate Greece.

Given how...

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The Fight Against Cancer Just Took an Innovative Turn

(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 5:18 PM

At an important conference in Chicago last June, over 25,000 doctors and researchers from around the world gathered to hear about several new breakthroughs in targeted therapies that will soon play a leading role in the fight against cancer.

These innovations will increasingly allow doctors to prescribe made-to-measure...

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Part 3: The Underestimated Benefits of "Me-Too" Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:14 PM

This is the third article of a three-part series.

Despite the considerable achievements of the pharmaceutical sector over the last century and the benefits that have ensued, these remain mostly underappreciated. Some analysts, for instance, continue to believe that spending on drugs is too high compared to the real advantages...

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Part 2: Paying Less for Prescription Drugs? Bad Idea

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 12:09 PM

This is the second article of a three-part series.

For the past few years, a proposal has been gaining favour with political decision makers as a way of containing pharmaceutical expenses, that of purchasing prescription drugs in bulk.

Last summer, during the meetings of the Council of the Federation,...

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Part 1: Drug Rationing Is the Wrong Prescription

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 3:33 PM

This is the first article of a three-part series.

In a recent opinion piece published in the National Post, I defended the thesis that adopting a national public pharmacare program in Canada would be misguided and counterproductive. Such a plan would not only fail to achieve the expected...

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The Nasty Side Effects of a National Drug Plan

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 8:25 AM

A conference was held a few weeks ago in Ottawa to discuss yet again the adoption of a pan-Canadian government-run drug insurance plan that would cover prescription drug costs for the entire population.

Supporters of such a plan maintain that it would be better able to contain...

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Who Suffers When Minimum Wage Increases?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Effective May 1st, the minimum wage in Quebec reached $10.15, a 25¢ increase. Nova Scotia and the Yukon raised their minimum wages a month earlier, to $10.30 and $10.54 respectively. Across the country, only Alberta, at $9.75, now remains below the ten-dollar mark.

The poor in...

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Hugo Chavez Left a Sad Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:01 AM

Media around the world have devoted a great deal of coverage to the death of Hugo Chavez, who passed away last Tuesday after losing his fight against cancer. His legacy as the President of the "Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" needs to be seen in the light of a

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Why the EI Program Should Become a True Insurance System

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 4:21 PM

The recent changes to the employment insurance (EI) system implemented by the Conservative government continue to fuel discontent in the eastern provinces of Canada. Under the new rules, frequent users of EI are now forced to accept -- in the worst-case scenario -- a job that pays 70...

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The High Cost of Low Prescription Drug Prices

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 7:58 AM

Drug shortages remain a source of headache for health professionals throughout the country. According to a recent survey conducted jointly by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Pharmacists Association and released earlier this month, as many as 94 per cent of pharmacists admitted having had difficulty obtaining a medication...

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The Swedish Secret to Public Sector Reform

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 11:37 PM

Work organization in the public sector across Canada has long been hindered by various forms of rigidity. Most of the working conditions of government employees continue to be negotiated centrally. The principle of seniority still occupies a prominent place in collective bargaining agreements. Public sector employees also enjoy...

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Canadians With Lower Income Have Higher Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 6:12 AM

The "Occupy Wall Street" movement, which spread to many cities around the world last year, brought once again to the fore the never-ending question of income inequality. Concerns about this issue have also been fed by studies that have appeared over the past year, especially those from the

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The Secret to the Swedish Model's Success

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 1:35 PM

While several countries, mostly in Europe, continue to struggle economically, one country stands out as an example to follow: Sweden. For almost two decades, the Scandinavian country has managed to maintain strong economic growth despite levels of taxation and public spending that rank among the world's highest.
As...

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