Author Archives: Saul Schwartz

About Saul Schwartz

Professor School of Public Policy and Administration Carleton University Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

The 2010-2012 Governance Crisis at Concordia

Because university governance often involves (at least) three powerful bodies — the administration, the Board of Governors and the Senate — it is not surprising that all sorts of conflicts arise. The uproar at Concordia University in early 2011 illustrates … Continue reading

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A short overview of university governance in Canada

Several recent controversies at Carleton — the building of the new parking garage over the O-Train tracks, the destruction of the campus community garden and the agreement to set up the Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management — have spurred … Continue reading

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A Bad Mix: Complexity, For-Profit Schools and College Decisions

Almost 3000 four-year colleges are spread across the United States. Half are private non-profit schools and a quarter are public.  For the first time, in 2011-2012, there were more private for-profit college than public colleges.[1] Young people face the daunting task … Continue reading

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Are Students the Weaker Party in Loan Contracts?

Not all bargains are struck between parties with equal bargaining power; sometimes one party is far stronger because of greater knowledge and experience or because of the particular situation of the weaker party. If a vessel is sinking, the only … Continue reading

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Debt Aversion Among Students: Does It Exist and Is It Important?

Would the prospect of having to borrow to go to university dissuade someone from enrolling in an academic program that was attractive to them and that held the promise of earnings that were enough to repay the loan? That is, … Continue reading

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Tuition Fees and Tax Credits: Are the Quebec Students Right?

(This piece was co-authored with Marc-André Gagnon) The last round of negotiations between striking Québecois students and their provincial government broke off without any agreement at the end of May. During the negotiations, the students proposed an interesting trade — … Continue reading

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Paul Slovic on “Psychic Numbing”

The power of fiction is to create empathy …  A newspaper could tell you that one hundred people, say, in an airplane, or in Israel, or in Iraq, have died today. And you can think to yourself, “How very sad,” … Continue reading

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Trends in Income Inequality in Québec

In the previous post, we saw that poverty levels in Québec, as measured by the Market Basket Measure (MBM) fell relative to Ontario (and Canada as a whole) from 2000-2009. What has happened to the level of income inequality?  First, … Continue reading

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What Happened to Québec Poverty Rates, 2000-2009?

What has happened to the level of income inequality and to the incidence of poverty in Québec, relative to Ontario and to Canada as a whole, in the past 10-15 years? Overall, the answer seems to be that income inequality … Continue reading

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Sexually-transmitted debt

People who live on low incomes frequently have debts. On the one hand, this is hardly surprising — few among the poor have savings available for “rainy days”.  If the car breaks down or the furnace stops working, borrowing may … Continue reading

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