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Minimum wage is no match for rising cost of living. Photo by Adekunle Ajayi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A gloomy May Day awaits Nigerian workers

With a monthly minimum wage of 30,000 Naira (US$72), the average Nigerian worker is groaning under the weight of the rising cost of living.
Canadian David Card, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in economics, stands for a portrait in Berkeley, Calif. Card, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, received the award for his research on minimum wages and immigration. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Nobel winner David Card shows immigrants don’t reduce the wages of native-born workers

Canadian economist David Card won the Nobel Prize in economics for demonstrating that large-scale immigration has no effect on the wages of native-born workers. In doing so, he’s challenged Economics 101.
President Biden and Vice President Harris met on Feb. 12, 2021, with governors and mayors to discuss supporting them in the fight against COVID-19. Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images

The Trump administration feuded with state and local leaders over pandemic response – now the Biden administration is trying to turn back a page in history

People can die when the federal government doesn’t work well with state and local governments – the COVID-19 crisis showed that. But the Biden administration has signaled an openness to collaboration.
Canadian grocery-store workers earn low wages compared to their counterparts in Sweden. Why? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

What Canada can learn from Sweden about creating middle-class retail jobs

If Canada wants to expand its middle class by substantially improving working conditions in sectors like retail, it must fundamentally reform its labour laws to be similar to Sweden’s.
More than 22 million Americans lost their jobs at the start of the pandemic. Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

Raising the minimum wage is a health issue, too

It’s not just about the money. Raising the minimum wage would lead to happier and healthier lives for millions of Americans.

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