Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports


“It’s not that hard to pick winners”: How growth and national context shape scale-up entrepreneurs’ assessments of innovation policy mixes

April 6, 2021

Cross-national research shows that large firms, especially those in digitally intensive sectors, exhibit significantly greater market power, higher levels of productivity, and greater innovation capacity. But the challenge of supporting the current generation of scale-ups, the group from which the...

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Infodemic Pathways: Evaluating the role that traditional and social media play in cross-national information transfer

April 6, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has occurred alongside a worldwide infodemic where unprecedented levels of misinformation have contributed to widespread misconceptions about the novel coronavirus. Conspiracy theories, poorly sourced medical advice, and information trivializing the virus have ignored national borders and spread...

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Using design thinking to cultivate the next generation of female STEAM thinkers

April 5, 2021

Countries around the world have struggled to implement education policies and practices to encourage more female youths to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This has resulted in a persistent and sizeable gender gap in science and mathematics subjects...

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Riding the Tiger: Managing Risk in U.S. Housing, Finance, and Health Insurance Welfare Markets

April 5, 2021

This article by Alex Reisenbichler examines the political and economic dynamics of welfare markets in the USA. These marketplaces differ from other public–private welfare arrangements in that the state crafts and sustains these markets with the aim of using competition...

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Public opinion on global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines

March 31, 2021

Vaccination programs for COVID-19 in ‘high-income countries’ (HICs) have benefited from their ability to secure contracts for preferential supply for several vaccines. For the rest of the world, vaccine access is much less certain. Although leaders of G20 nations have...

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Government procurement law and hacking technology: The role of public contracting in regulating an invisible market

March 31, 2021

This article by Citizen Lab’s Sienna Anstis considers the purchasing of hacking technology by governments and the role of government procurement processes in regulating the hacking market and reducing risks to the buyer. The article explores whether public contracting processes...

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Socio-demographic disparities in knowledge, practices, and ability to comply with COVID-19 public health measures in Canada

March 26, 2021

The effectiveness of public health interventions for mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic depends on individual attitudes, compliance, and the level of support available to allow for compliance with these measures. The aim of this study by Peter Loewen and Eric...

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TikTok vs Douyin: A Security and Privacy Analysis

March 22, 2021

TikTok’s huge popularity in North America in particular has put it under increased scrutiny especially following the attempt from the Trump Administration to ban the app in the U.S. due to alleged national security concerns. Despite TikTok’s popularity and prominent...

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Quantifying Contact Patterns in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Measures in Canada

March 17, 2021

A variety of public health measures have been implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada to reduce contact between individuals. This study, co-authored by the Munk School’s Peter Loewen, constructs contact patterns to evaluate the degree to which social contacts...

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Federalism as a Strength: A Path Toward Ending the Crisis in Long-Term Care

March 10, 2021

In the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 80 percent of Canadian deaths occurred in long-term care facilities. There have been calls for the federal government to play a stronger role, but this is complicated by the...

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