Armine Yalnizyan is a leading voice on Canada’s economic scene and is the Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow on the Future of Workers. She served as senior economic policy advisor for the deputy minister at Employment and Social Development Canada from 2018 to 2019. She helped lead the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Inequality Project from 2008 to 2017, and provided weekly business commentaries on CBC radio and CBC TV from 2011 to 2018. She is past president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics.
Pandemic Economics, Inequality and the Big Reset: Cause for Cynicism or Celebration?
COVID19 has unleashed the world's first she-cession. Pre-existing inequalities by age, race and gender have been dramatically exacerbated. Mathematically speaking, there can be no economic recovery without a she-covery, and no she-covery without childcare. Thus far, the path to she-covery remains blocked (by policy incompetence or policy choice) and increasingly pronounced inequalities in who's recovering, where, is spelling trouble for everyone, everywhere. Ironically, the pandemic also sheds light on ways to actively create a future for workers that works for the good of everyone. Will we seize the opportunity? Just like everything else about the pandemic, the answer is: our choice. I'll take you on a tour of the issues and the alternatives for dealing with them.