Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports


The Making of the Modern Metropolis: Evidence from London

December 2, 2020

In this article for the Quarterly Journal of Economics, co-authors Stephan Heblich, Stephen Redding, and Daniel Sturm use newly constructed spatially disaggregated data for London from 1801 to 1921 to argue that the invention of the steam railway led to...

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Artificial Intelligence in war: Human judgment as an organizational strength and a strategic liability

November 30, 2020

In this paper, Munk School Assistant Professor and Rotman Chair in Artificial Intelligence Avi Goldfarb discuss they ways artificial intelligence has the potential to change the conduct of war. Recent excitement about AI is driven by advances in the ability...

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David Ticoll: Canada – A Learning Nation: A Skilled, Agile Workforce Ready to Shape the Future.

November 27, 2020

Whether Canadians are looking for a job, working from home or changing how they work in order to respect public health guidelines, many are facing new challenges as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In order to tackle these...

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It Takes Three: Making Space for Cities in Canadian Federalism

November 26, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted pre-existing cracks in Canada’s federal structure, particularly in relation to Canada’s cities. On the one hand, cities are significant policymakers deeply involved in addressing Canada’s major policy challenges. On the other, cities remain “little siblings”...

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Combating Inequality: The Between- and Within-Group Effects of Unionization on Earnings for People with Different Disabilities

November 26, 2020

Authored by David Pettincchio and Michelle Lee Maroto, this new paper addresses whether and how unions help to dismantle workplace inequality experienced by people with different types of disabilities. Using pooled 2009–2018 CPS MORG data of 630,799 respondents covering almost...

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Federalism and Intergovernmental Regulations: Prospects for a more gender equal Canada

November 26, 2020

This chapter from professor of political science Linda A. White in the Palgrave Handbook of Gender, Sexuality, and Canadian Politics aims to help students of politics understand the importance of federalism and multilevel governance in Canada, as well as why...

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Workplace Safety and Insurance Board operational review report

November 25, 2020

Co-authored by Sean Speer and aided by research assistants Declan Ingham and Luka Glozic, as well as research manager Ian T.D Thompson, all recent graduates of the Munk School of Global Affairs Master of Public Policy program, this report was...

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Ontario 360 paper: Communicating Policy in a Crisis: Lessons for Ontario Policymakers

November 23, 2020

Noah Zon explores the communications-related uncertainty around the programs and policies the Canadian and provincial governments have implemented since the beginning of COVID-19. Read the Report

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Reshoring Production and Restoring American Prosperity: A Practical Policy Agenda

November 20, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has made one thing absolutely clear: China is the workshop of the world. This has significant strategic and geopolitical implications. By playing its initially weak hand to perfec­tion, China transformed its position of dependence into one of...

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What COVID-19 revealed about health, human rights, and the WHO

November 18, 2020

As of July 2020, COVID-19 has caused over 600,000 deaths, with 17 million confirmed cases, and counting. The World Health Organization (WHO), the global governance organization charged with providing health for all, declared a pandemic of on March 11, signaling...

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