CAW Economist Jim Stanford Awarded for Contributions to Public Policy

April 28, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

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CAW Economist Jim Stanford will be honoured by the Public Policy Forum for his outstanding contributions to Canadian public policy and ideas, at the 24th annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards tonight, Thursday April 28 in Toronto.

Stanford is one of the country's most frequently quoted economists and a well-respected progressive voice on economic issues for a broad sector of the population. His motto: "Economics is too important to be left to the economists" is reflected in his tireless work to popularize economic education for union members and socially progressive organizations and citizens.

"Jim Stanford's activism, research and insight on public policy issues have added credibility to the struggle of working people for a more fair and just economy and society," said CAW National President Ken Lewenza. "I cannot think of someone more deserving of this award."

Stanford's research and analysis have covered areas such as government investment, trade policy including Canada's growing trade imbalance, business investment, public infrastructure, tax and fiscal policy and the real impact of corporate tax cuts, as well as a number of other labour issues, including minimum and living wages.

Stanford's most recent work includes a detailed empirical study of business investment in Canada showing that tax cuts have had no positive impact on investment spending.

Stanford received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1995 from the New School for Social Research in New York, and holds economics degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Calgary, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's own alma mater.

He is one of four honourees, including former Premier of Ontario the Honourable Bill Davis, RBC President and CEO Gordon Nixon and Desjardins Group President, CEO and Chair of the Board Monique F. Leroux.

Stanford has worked at the CAW since 1994 as economist. He has authored two books Paper Boom (1999) and Economics for Everyone (Pluto Press and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2008).  He also writes a regular economics column for the Globe and Mail, is a frequent contributor to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and is a regular guest on the CBC's The National, as well as other radio and television programs.

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