Reports

This is a series of reports which can be placed in the public domain from various aspects of Paul Jacobson's work.

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This paper reviews the statistical relationship between unemployment and wage change but focuses dominantly on the supply side of the inflation puzzle by using the symetric IO tables to show the strong role played by imports.

Working Paper prepared for CABE Moneco-Econtro Conference – August 2012

Abstract: This report uses Labour Force Survey data to investigate the apparent shift to greater wage inequality in the Canadian labour market. The decline in the ratio of median to average wage rates indicates an increasingly unequal distribution of wages in the economy. Although wages are trending up, workers at the top end of the scale are doing a little better than those at the bottom. The study examines employment trends in recent years to show that a significant portion of the increased inequality reflects the fact that employment gains have been concentrated in higher wage occupations while employment losses have been concentrated in the lower wage occupations. Strong employment gains and retention in particular sectors such as the broader public sector, with its higher wage rates, have exacerbated this trend.

This note responds to a request from TC LHIN to look at European examples of integrated services and draw any lessons possible for our area. This note focuses on broad service initiatives rather than on disease specific clinics.


Most of the literature reviewed considers integrated services to revolve around the client receiving seamless care for complex health and social challenges. At the outset, it should be emphasized that institutional arrangements are the major factor influencing the success or failure of efforts to promote integrated services. In all the literature reviewed, two key factors predominated:

This paper responds to a request for input to the development of the next Integrated Health Services Plan (IHSP2) for the Toronto Central LHIN (TCLHIN).

Our health care system faces capacity constraints from a growing population but also from the very real successes of the medical system. More people are surviving both birth and disease conditions that only a few decades ago would have been fatal. This increased survival means that people are now living with more complex health conditions than before. Optimizing their health prospects may require access to rehabilitation and complex care services. Changing life styles are also adding to the potential disease burdens that can benefit from rehabilitation and complex care.

This report discusses the challenges facing the rehabilitation and complex continuing care (CCC) hospitals in Ontario. There are four major themes in the report:

1) Activity Limitations and Major Trends: The trends associated with temporary and permanent disability or restrictions on daily living;

2) Rehabilitation and CCC Demand Influences: The consequent demands on the requirement for rehabilitation and complex continuing care services;

3) Usefulness of Rehab for Disability and Capacity Concerns: Major issues affecting the optimal use of our rehab/CCC system

4) Usage Patterns: The current pattern of usage in the rehab/CCC system;