University of Alberta Press

Economics


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    In many commodity-based economies, rollercoaster boom-and-bust cycles have come to be viewed almost as an unavoidable characteristic. Framed mainly in the context of the Alberta economy, the articles in this volume explore a wide range of issues associated with the historical phenomenon of recurring periods of boom and bust, including reasons for their apparent inevitability, dealing with revenue volatility, possible diversification strategies, savings policy, and challenges ... [READ MORE]
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    The Government of Alberta under Ralph Klein has asked a reasonable question: can health care be better provided partly as a private, for-profit product rather than as a not-for-profit public service? But-despite the claims of advocates for market-driven medicine-private hospitals are neither cheaper nor more efficient than public ones. Clear Answers summarizes the huge body of evidence showing that they are more expensive and less efficient.
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    Papers of the Symposium on Unexpected Consequences of Economic Change in Circumpolar Regions at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Amsterdam, March 21 to 22, 1975.
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    A rare social-science experiment was recently undertaken in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Within the space of one year, all three provincial governments embarked on programs to eliminate their deficits. This volume considers the political culture of each province, examines the strategies chosen, and measures the comparative outcomes of the experiment.
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    A look at Alberta's economic development and how it has been shaped by the abundant natural resources found within the province.
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    This comprehensive review documents the economic, social, and demographic profiles of the fur trapping industry, and the environmental and economic variables that influence its sustainability. Examines the state of the debate, and identifies issues for further analysis.
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    Evenkis comprise the largest ethnos among the 'numerically small' peoples of Siberia. They are unique in having been the only people that historically inhabited an enormous territory from the Yeniseu to the Pacific shore in longitude and from the forest-tundra line to the southern borders of the taiga in latitude. This volume describes the economic principles that characterize the dynamics and main forms of interaction between Evenki hunting groups and the environment, and ul... [READ MORE]
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    Three Household Books of Isabella of France, wife of Edward II of England, are known to exist. The earliest of these, a British Museum Cotton manuscript for the fifth regnal year of Edward II (8 July 1311 to 7 July 1312), is printed in full in English and the original Latin.
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    Japan has few natural resources, but its economy is the second largest in the world. This book examines business practices and government policies which have contributed to the phenomenal growth of the Japanese economy since the early 1960s.
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    The North American Free Trade Agreement binds Canada, Mexico, and the United States together in an ambitious and far-reaching experiment in regional economic integration. As we enter the new millennium, a central concern is whether NAFTA should be amended or reformed and how it might become the foundation for a hemispheric Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). To assess these possibilities, NAFTA in the New Millennium raises key questions: . How has NAFTA performed and how ... [READ MORE]
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    Focusing on the Depression, Second World War, and early post-War period, Robert Ascah examines the interaction of politics and capital markets in Canada from the perspective of the debt management function. Ascah's insightful study explores the Dominion Government's dealings with domestic and international finance capital and their reaction to the policies of Alberta's Social Credit government, and in particular the April 1936 default.
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    Why do so many international development projects fail? Is it because poor regions are inherently corrupt, or is it because developers and donors do not properly take into account how local survival mechanisms work? In a lively and provocative analysis of community development, Michael Rosberg challenges the received wisdom of international development agencies, suggesting that in order for development to be successful it must speak directly to the self-interest of individual... [READ MORE]
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    Focuses on the aboriginal beginnings, histories, present conditions, and future prospects of the regions, touching on prehistory and early contact, the fur trade, farming, the evolving role of government, economic development, and the quality of community life. Introductions by: R. Geoffrey Ironside and Patricia A. McCormack; Father Lucien Casterman; Pearl Newman; Ross Wein; and J.S. O'Neill. Papers by: Jennifer S.H. Brown; Morris Zaslow; Michael Asch; Milt Wright; John W. Iv... [READ MORE]
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    Despite fairly similar beginnings, the Australian and Canadian federations have evolved quite differently. The goal of this volume is to examine the effects of increasing global competition on fiscal reform.
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    For millions of Canadians looking ahead to retirement, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) has become a contentious issue. Even after the recent CPP reforms, Canadians under the age of 35 will contribute more than twice the amount they will ever receive. Will billions of dollars at stake and an entire generation hanging in the balance, we need to consider our alternatives now. In this timely volume, William B.P. Robson, Francois Vaillancourt, J.C. Herbert Emery, Kenneth J. McKenzie... [READ MORE]
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    After a decade of exceptionally strong performance, the Alberta economy experienced large swings in activity in the 1980s and ranked among the most unstable in Canada and the United States. This detailed study of the course of the Alberta economy from the early 1970s to the late 1980s assesses the causes for this instability and explores ways in which federal and provincial government policies and market forces could lessen the volatile nature of the economy.
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    Deals with the economic processes involved in the development of a region which possesses specialized, and to some degree, atypical growth characteristics. Papers by: G. Anders; Arthur E. Hippler; John E. Stahl; and K.J. Rea.
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    The international competitive position of Western Canada and each of the four western provinces within a Canadian context are the focus of this study. Through trade profiles of major commodity exports and their spatial markets, a situational assessment of the region and its continued heavy dependence on natural resources is offered.