Income Inequality and Poverty

Investigating Income Inequality, Doug May

Is the middle class being hollowed out? Has our standard of living increased? Are Income Disparities Increasing??

The answers are provided in the short video presentations listed below:

Examining Tax Fairness in Our Province, by Doug May, April 2018, Video

Provincial Government Outcomes

On Spetember 29th, the CBC News reported Premier Dwight Ball as saying "We spend more on basic services than any other jurisdiction and based on the research we've seen, I'm certain we don't have the learning outcomes, the health outcomes or the economic outcomes to justify those expenses." See Video #5 below and visit CARE's Motion Charts for the OECD Better Life Index at or


1."The Search for Good Governance" Doug May, March 2016
2."What We Say Is Important In Our Lives! Doug May, April 2016
3."What Factors Determine Our Well-Being?" Doug May, April 2016
4."Steps Towards Good Governance" Doug May, April 2016
5."Examining Our Social Outcomes" Doug May, April 2016
6."The Budget: First Impressions" Doug May, May 2016
7."Structural Issues" Doug May, May 2016
8."Some Macroeconomic Impacts of Budget", May 2016
9. "Budget 2016 and Societal Well-Being," Doug May, 2016
10. "Examining Tax Fairness in Our Province," by Doug May, April 2018,

Leadership Debate Sponsored by CARE, October 2015


Locke, Lynch and May

On October 14, 2015  a debate was held by Dwight Ball of the Liberal Party, Premier Paul Davis of the Progressives Conservatives and Earle McCurdy of the New Democratic Party on economic and fiscal issues which are important in the Newfoundland and Labrador context. The pre-election debate took place on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University in the lecture theatre of the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001. The event was open to the public and the media, including a live webcast (link to be provided at later date). The event is presented by Collaborative Applied Research in Economics (CARE), an initiative of the Department of Economics at Memorial.

Organizers provided four questions to all three parties two weeks in advance of the debate and the moderator, Paddy Daly,  read the questions verbatim. Each party leader had time to respond to each question, followed by a discussion of the question among all three leaders, the moderator moved the debate onto the next question.

The debate provided an opportunity to promote greater understanding of both the economic and fiscal issues facing the province. It was the hope of CARE that the debate facilitated the ability of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to make a more informed decision on Nov. 30, 2015.

CARE's philosophy, adopted by its principal investigators – Doug May, Scott Lynch and Wade Locke – is that the provision of unbiased and technically competent analysis, delivered in an understandable format, is essential for public discourse and debate on important public policy issues faced by Newfoundland and Labrador. Consistent with this philosophy, CARE is not an advocacy group; it is not a consulting agency; and it is not politically affiliated. The self-identified mandate of CARE is to promote greater understanding of applied economic issues within the Newfoundland and Labrador context.

Video of The Leadership Debate can be viewed here.

For more information, contact Wade Locke at 864-8104, Scott Lynch at 864-8294 or Doug May at In addition, updated information will be posted to the CARE website at