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Editor and Public Policy Analyst
David Descôteaux holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree (economics major) from the Université de Montréal. From 2010 to 2013, he was a business columnist for the TVA network and the Journal de Montréal and Journal de Québec newspapers. A freelance journalist specializing in economics from 2005 to 2009, he published many articles in various media, and also worked as a journalist for the CBC. David Descôteaux won the 2008 Magazines du Québec’s Best New Magazine Writer Award, and the 2007 Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec / Merrill Lynch Economic and Financial Journalism Award. He worked as a researcher for the Montreal Economic Institute from March 2009 to November 2010, during which he wrote a column for the Metro newspapers, published in Montreal and in various cities across Canada. Columns that earned him a finalist spot in the opinion category of the Judith-Jasmin prize in 2010.
Viewpoint showing that the cost of typical consumer goods has fallen over time, in terms of hours of work needed to purchase them
With Christmas around the corner, stories about consumption and purchasing power tend to make headlines. Often, we’re told that “everything is more expensive” or that “our purchasing power is stagnating.” What are the facts of the matter?
Economic Note explaining the collaborative model of natural resource development that has benefitted, among others, the Cree of Quebec
Northern Quebec overflows with mineral resources whose development could generate substantial economic activity. To derive benefits from these resources successfully, businesses, the government and local communities—many of which consist of Aboriginal populations—must collaborate in order for everyone to have an interest in the economic success of development projects.
Economic Note exploring the legal and regulatory modifications required to clarify Bitcoin's status
In order for Bitcoin to develop and grow, its legal status will have to be clarified. As it happens, this digital currency is attracting more and more attention from governments around the world. Several of them are currently studying the phenomenon in order to better understand it and find ways of regulating its use. This Economic Note presents an analysis of the situation in Canada and in other countries that have adopted regulatory frameworks for Bitcoin.
Economic Note offering an overview of the Bitcoin phenomenon and the issues that it raises
Bitcoin digital currency has attracted the regular attention of the financial press for the past several months. Its price fluctuates enormously, influenced by new innovative developments but also by positive or negative decisions by governments and central banks concerning its use. Is the Bitcoin system here to stay and become an integral part of our economic lives? Whatever the outcome of this particular experiment, the innovations made possible by new information technology have the potential to revolutionize monetary and financial matters.
Economic Note on the necessary balance between the protection of privacy on the Internet and the maintenance of a climate favourable to investment, innovation and job creation
With the explosive growth of the Internet and Canadians' expanding use of it, questions about privacy protection are increasingly taking centre stage in public debates. It is essential, though, to distinguish between the protection we might hope for from the organs of government and the regulations that apply to private companies with which we transact freely for products and services of our choosing. Even if protecting personal information is an issue in both cases, the dynamic is not the same. It is the latter subject that concerns us in this Economic Note.