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Quebec businesses' contribution to the economy: challenges, recommendations, and shared responsibilities and priorities

Executive Summary (PDF, 265 KB)

Summary (PDF, 892 KB)

NOTE: Apart the Summary, this publication is only available in French.

For a better future in Quebec
The challenges to overcome and opportunities to grasp: Identifying, prioritizing and selecting fulcrums

Read study (PDF, 215 KB)

NOTE: Apart the Summary, this publication is only available in French.

Rectifying Québec’s fiscal situation
A priority, critical challenge

Read study (PDF, 332 KB)

A review of past crises and retrospective analyses of the "techno bust".

L'euphorie financière : l'histoire se répétera-t-elle? (in French only, PDF, 272 KB)

Part 1

Part 2

People come in contact with economic concepts each and every day, either directly or indirectly. This guide provides concise, useful explanations of various economic concepts and theories using concrete examples and real data.

This 208-page document contains 230 sections that cover some 500 economic notions organized in a logical order. It covers microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and finance, public economics, market finance and statistical concepts regularly used in economic analyses. From the law of supply and demand, to GDP, labour productivity and portfolio theory, this guide explains a wide range of concepts, often as it applies to the Canadian and North American context.

Consult the Practical Guide to Economic Concepts and Theories published on August 24, 2007 (PDF, 1.63 MB). - This link will open in a new window.

Economic indicators are published every day by different national, international and private statistical departments. It is crucial to know these indicators and understand their impact on the economy to formulate economic and financial analyses. This guide describes the key economic indicators (129 in total) and shows how to interpret them and explains their influence on economic activity and the financial markets. It also identifies the factors that can affect these indicators.

This 171-page document is designed for people who do not necessarily have an economic background, but it is also very practical for economists and market participants.

Consult the Guide to Economic Indicators of the Main Industrialized Countries published on April 20, 2004 (PDF, 1.92 MB). - This link will open in a new window.