The onset of a global pandemic, the Bank of Canada’s significant QE operations, the disruption of worldwide supply chains, an eventual vaccine-driven economic recovery, sky-rocketing home prices, the return of serious inflation, an “unconventional” renewal of the Bank’s mandate, and a global military crisis. Two years is evidently a long time in monetary policy! Chris Ragan from McGill University will present his thoughts on where Canadian monetary policy has been, where it is now, and where it is likely to go in the near future.
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(Due to a technical error with Webex, the first few minutes of the webinar did not record.)
Christopher Ragan is the founding Director of McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy and is an Associate Professor in McGill’s Department of Economics.
Ragan was the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which launched in November 2014 with a 5-year horizon to identify policy options to improve environmental and economic performance in Canada. He was also a member of the federal finance minister’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which operated from early 2016 to mid 2019. During 2010-12 he was the President of the Ottawa Economics Association. From 2010-13, Ragan held the David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy at the C.D. Howe Institute, and for many years was a member of the Institute’s Monetary Policy Council. In 2009-10, Ragan served as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada; in 2004-05 he served as Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada.
Chris Ragan’s published research focuses mostly on the conduct of macroeconomic policy.
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