Kris Bradburn

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Young, qualified and jobless: plight of Europe's best-educated generation

"All your life," says Argyro Paraskeva, "you've been told you're a golden prince. The future awaits: it's bright, it's yours. You have a degree! …

Most of us don’t like our jobs – and never will

Recently, I met a professor of office design who talked excitedly about creating visionary spaces for people to work in and filling the air with the scent of fresh linen. After a bit, I protested that surely all we wanted from an office building was natural light and something relatively …

How to get important people to respond to your emails

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Adam Grant here.</i><p>Two years ago, I made a commitment to do something that made me profoundly uncomfortable. I had just finished writing my first book, and I promised my publisher that I would reach out to bestselling authors and senior leaders, …

Self-improvement

30 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in the New Year

Coming up with extra cash to pay the bills, cover unexpected expenses, boost savings or perhaps even finance a vacation isn’t as hard as it seems. …

Personal Finance

The complacency of the meritocrats

I like Greg Mankiw. He’s a great teacher who has produced excellent macroeconomic research. I admire his Pigouvian gas tax proposal. But he has a huge blind spot when it comes to inequality.<p>Mankiw was an economic adviser to Mitt Romney, whose party platform and vice presidential candidate endorsed …

Why are so many of Canada's young people out of work?

Some may call them whiny and self-important, but when it comes to jobs, Generation Y’s sense of entitlement is partly the result of being pointed …

23 Most Common Interview Questions and Answers in 2017

Written by Lydia Coffey<br>Updated May 8, 2017<p>Interviewing is one of the most stressful experiences in a student's career.<p>But with the right tools, …

The 5 Best Websites to Find Internships

If you're starting to apply for internships, chances are you're feeling a little overwhelmed. With so many internship websites out there vying for your attention, it's difficult to tell which ones are worth a look and which ones aren't. The process of trying to find the right internship for you can …

The end of the ‘Golden Age’ for university graduates

Some 500,000 students have just graduated from Canada's postsecondary education system, and the great majority will be hoping to find a decent job and to embark upon a meaningful career.<p>Unfortunately, the employment prospects for many graduates are pretty dismal, for reasons that deserve serious …

Is Going to College Still Worth It If You Drop Out?

A new report says yes -- but the answer's often much more complicated.<p>Welcome the latest chapter of our ongoing epic, <i>Is College Worth It?</i> If you've tuned in for previous installments, by now you've learned that, for people who graduate with a bachelor's degree, higher education is overwhelmingly a …

The Court Ruling That Could End Unpaid Internships for Good

Having young adults work for free is now officially a legal liability.<p>The unpaid intern, that lowly, coffee-scalded creature of the modern office, might be about to become a thing of the past.<p>For the last two years, media companies have been combating a series of lawsuits brought by interns …

How the Music Industry Explains Inequality, Globalization, Middle-Class Decline ... Basically Everything

What music and manufacturers have in common<p>Alan Krueger's thoroughly entertaining economic speech (that phrase is not an oxymoron.) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (that address is not a typo.) is a potpourri of cool factoids, but the bottom line is that if you want to understand economic …

Do Unpaid Internships Lead to Jobs? Not for College Students

Unpaid interns of the world! Get up and leave the office. You have nothing to lose. Literally. Nothing.<p>The common defense of the unpaid internship is that, even if the role doesn't exactly pay, it will pay off eventually in the form of a job. Turns out, the data suggests that defense is wrong, at …

'The Great Gatsby Curve': Why It's So Hard for the Poor to Get Ahead

High-income kids who don't graduate from college are 2.5 times more likely to end up rich than low-income kids who do. Why it's so hard for the poor to get ahead today.<p>The American Dream isn't dead—it just moved to Denmark.<p>We like to think of ourselves as living a classless society, but it isn't …

The Second-Biggest Myth About Unpaid Internships: They're Just for the Rich

If anything, poor and middle class students are extra likely to get stuck in unpaid gigs.<p>One popular argument for unpaid internships is that they help students get jobs. It turns out that's probably wrong. One popular argument <i>against</i> unpaid internships is that only rich kids can take them. It turns …

Canadian youth at risk of chronic unemployment: report

A new report says Canadian youth face the risk of chronic unemployment despite being more educated than ever.<p>The report by CIBC says a lack of summer jobs and part-time work makes it difficult for youth to gain the experience necessary for permanent positions.<p>About 420,000 youth aged 15 to 24, or …

Canada Job Grant program is ‘deeply flawed,’ report says

Ottawa's $900-million job grant scheme is a windfall for companies that already train workers, opens few new opportunities for the unskilled and saps funds from existing government efforts, according to a new report.<p>The program is "deeply flawed public policy" and should be scrapped, say the …

Do low taxes on the rich leave the middle-class with lower wages?

Raising taxes on the rich often gets proposed as a way of combating the rise of financial inequality. But how important is tax policy, really?<p>Andrew Fieldhouse, a federal budget policy analyst at the Economic Policy Institute and the Century Foundation, has a new paper out of EPI that does a great …

Are unpaid internships illegal?

Unpaid internships* are increasingly a fact of life for college students. The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 55 percent of the class of 2012 had an internship or co-op during their time in college. Almost half of those — 47 percent — were unpaid. A third of internships at …

Going to college is worth it – even if you drop out

The economic case for college is simple: college graduates make more money. In fact, they make over $500,000 more over the course of their lifetimes, on average. That works out, as we've noted before, to among the best returns-on-investment around. It works out to an annual return of around 15 …

CEOs in Spain and Italy have the highest pay in Europe

As Spain and Italy’s economies are seriously struggling, its top executives are thriving.<p>CEOs salaries in those two countries are higher there than in any other part of Europe, according to a new report on pay by the The Federation of European Employers.<p>An Italian CEO of a multinational could earn …

CEOs

What Americans Should Understand About Japan's 1990s Economic Bust

The slacker trap<p>Hiroki Iwabuchi is slouched over a bowl of noodles in his pool-table-size apartment, peering at the camera that’s filming him. He slurps absently for awhile, and then a friend joins him—he’s come to cut Iwabuchi’s hair. It’s hard for anyone to look natural during a haircut, but …

The millennial parent | US & Canada

I have a friend who was the first in his family to go to college. He grew up poor in the rural Midwest and earned his BA from a top school in the region. But when the recession hit in the early 2000s, he could not find a job. He decided he needed more training and applied to graduate school. When …

Ben Bernanke to Princeton Grads: The World Isn't Fair (and You All Got Lucky)

A refreshing dose of reality from the world's most powerful central banker.<p>Over the weekend, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke delivered a graduation address at his old employer, Princeton, that was by turns funny (like actually funny, not monetary policy jokes funny), philosophical, and -- as …

Europe's Record Youth Unemployment: The Scariest Graph in the World Just Got Scarier

The new number that should terrify Europe is 62.5 percent.<p>Europe's job market is a historic disaster.<p>The EU unemployment rate set a new all-time high of 12.2 percent, according to today's estimates. But it's the youth unemployment crisis that's truly terrifying. In Spain, unemployment surged past …

German Official Warns of Immediate 'Revolution' if EU Adopts US Model

Europe must not drop its welfare model in favor of US standards or it will spark a revolution "not tomorrow but the same day," Germany's Finance …

After crunching Reinhart and Rogoff’s data, we’ve concluded that high debt does not slow growth

Leaving aside monetary policy, the textbook Keynesian remedy for recession is to increase government spending or cut taxes. The obvious problem with that is that higher government spending and lower taxes tend to put the government deeper in debt. So the announcement on April 15, 2013 by University …

Economics

Young College Graduates: Economic Implications of Unpaid Internships

View Comments<p>In addition to the legal and ethical concerns with unpaid internships, which I raised in a recent post, unpaid internships also pose a …

College & University

America: Where the Poor Don't Get Holidays Off

Vacation inequality, it turns out, is an actual problem in the United States.<p>The funny thing about national holidays in the United States is that they're not really <i>national</i> holidays. Unlike the rest of the developed world, we don't guarantee every worker paid time off. Not for summer vacations. Not …