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Marriage or common law union?

Last Friday, Canada’s Supreme Court released its decision regarding the constitutionality of Quebec’s civil law regime for common law couples. Several researchers have used Statistics Canada’s microdata to examine related issues. We’d like to point out Tahany Gadalla’s studies on the impact of divorce and separation on men and women’s poverty rates and income, France-Pascale Ménard’s analysis of the stability of unions in Canada, and Céline LeBourdais et Évelyne Lapierre-Adamcik’s examination of the evolution of family composition in Quebec.

28 January 2013 - 2:07pm |

Presentations from the 2012 CRDCN conference

The videos and PowerPoint presentations from the last annual conference are now available: you can notably listen to Byron Spencer on the use of administrative data for research purposes, Phil Oreopoulos on behavioral economics, and Andrew Heisz on LISA, the next generation of longitudinal surveys. See all presentations by clicking here.

16 January 2013 - 11:04am |

Debating pension reform in Canada

In light of the on-going debate on pension reform in Canada, we wish to point out two recent pieces by researchers using RDC confidential microdata that can help inform the discussion. One by Frank Denton and Byron Spencer on age of pension eligibility in relation with gains in life expectancy and the other by Pierre Lefebvre, Philip Merrigan and Pierre-Carl Michaud on recent retirement patterns.

17 December 2012 - 12:19pm |