In the media

The Conversation: Risks associated with school closures still outweigh the risks to children’s health

August 31, 2021 – Catherine Haeck and some of her colleagues recently published this article based on their research findings to indicate that even with the progression of variants, closing schools would have far more negative than positive effects on children’s well-being and futures. Different studies carried out either in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States or Belgium have indicated that despite the variants, the symptoms of children who have contracted COVID-19 generally remain mild. The opening of schools remains crucial for the academic, social and behavioral development of children. In addition, schools provide social support, help establish healthy lifestyles and help immigrant children learn new languages as well as foster their integration into their new communities.

>Check out the full article

La Presse: Being Strong in Math Translates to Higher Salaries

June 28, 2021 – Catherine Haeck, Raquel Fonseca and Marie Mélanie Fontaine this month published a study entitled “The link between numeracy skills and labor market performance in Quebec” (in French) with CIRANO this month. One of the major findings is that adults aged 35 to 54 in Québec who are strong in math earn 21% more than other adults. This salary gap was found equally among men and women, blue-collar and white-collar workers, immigrants and born in Canada. In addition, this salary advantage has increased over time from the 2000s. As summarized by Professor Catherine Haeck: “The more time passes, the more the gap increases between individuals with strong numeracy skills and the others.” This mainly descriptive research used confidential microdata from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Skills (PIAAC) and from the Longitudinal and International Survey of Adults (LISA).

>To read the article (in French)

Rad | ICI Radio-Canada: the Consequences of Childcare  Shortage in Québec

June 16, 2021 – Professor Catherine Haeck explains that quality childcare is more rarely used by parents who need it the most. This situation is exacerbated by the current lack of childcare spaces in CPEs. With its reputation of high-quality childcare, CPEs attract many parents. However, it is generally children from more advantaged backgrounds who obtain the coveted places. Developmental gaps between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds are already present from the age of 5. The earlier the state invests in children’s development, the more economical and societal benefits it will later reap.

>Check out the video (in French).


CBC – Focus on the 2021 Federal Budget for Child Care Services

CameraApril 19, 2021 – Catherine Haeck is in favor of the federal budget for the creation of a reduced contribution child care program across Canada and has given two interviews on this subject. The significant investments announced over a five-year period pave the way for the creation of a quality child care system across the country. This commitment should allow more women to join the labor market and should also be supported by provincial investments. Ensuring the quality of childcare services will be one of the keys to making sure that the new investments lead to significant economic gains.

> Check out the CBC TV interview (4:30 to 9:20)
> Listen to the CBC Radio Interview on the radio show “the House”

Conference by Catherine Haeck and Media Interventions on the Taxation of Sugary Drinks in Quebec

March 24, 2021 – Professor Catherine Haeck gave a conference to the Coalition québécoise sur la problématique du poids, on her study on the impact on Quebec of a tax on sugary drinks, carried out with Nicholas Lawson, professor, and Krystel Poirier, student. Professor Haeck, the principal investigator, explained the main effects and economic benefits of adding such a tax.
>To check out the presentation (in French)
>To read the report (in French)

Catherine Haeck was also present in these different media to highlight the results of the study:

  • 2021-03-23, ICI Radio-Canada, Téléjournal de Québec, La taxation des boissons sucrées au Québec
  • 2021-03-23, ICI RDI, Zone Économie, La taxation des boissons sucrées au Québec, with Gérald Filion
  • 2021-03-23, ICI Radio-Canada, 17 h 45, La taxation des boissons sucrées au Québec, C’est encore mieux l’après-midi, with Guillaume Dumas
  • 2021-03-23, CBC News Québec, 17 h, Soft drink taxation in Québec, with Peter Tardif

La Presse – Study on the Taxation of Sugary Drinks

March 20, 2021 – Catherine Haeck and her team have prepared a study on the effectiveness of a possible taxation of sugary drinks on their consumption for the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ). The overconsumption of sugar is a major public health issue and an increase in the price of sugary drinks would have a positive effect on the health of individuals in the long term. The professor also insists that: “The tax is a tool, but it is not enough. We also need an awareness campaign and reinjection of tax revenues. (educational program at school, financing of healthy meals at daycare, etc.”
>To read the article (in French)
>To check out the report

Actualités UQAM – Broken Social Elevator in Canada

March 18, 2021 – Professors Marie Connolly and Catherine Haeck, as well as David Lapierre (M.A. in economics, 2016), have highlighted the increase in income inequalities and the increasingly marked decline in social mobility between generations. Marie Connolly explains that: “Social mobility has diminished in the lower income bracket, which means that the cycle of poverty is repeated from generation to generation.”
>To read the article (in French)
>To check out the study

CBC Radio – Interview with Marie Connolly on new access to statistics showing decreased social mobility


February 2021 – Marie Connolly gave 10 interviews in various local CBC Radio stations across the country: Toronto, Quebec City, Newfoundland, Saskatoon, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Goose Bay (Labrador), Vancouver, Whitehorse and Calgary. The theme was the decreased social mobility in Canada since the early 1960s and the increase in income inequalities. This analysis of the social mobility situation was made possible thanks to new access to Statistics Canada microdata.

Ici Radio-Canada – Participation in the economic podcast Question of interest under the theme “Is the social elevator broken?”

Image PodcastFebruary 15, 2021 – Catherine Haeck discussed inter- and intragenerational social mobility in Quebec by participating in Ici Radio-Canada’s “Question of Interest” podcast. Two main poles of intervention can promote this social mobility: the labor market, over a shorter term, and education and health, over a longer term. Although social mobility remains greater in Canada than in the United States, it has been declining since the 1960s. The implementation of programs or interventions could, however, help improve the situation.
> Listen to the podcast to find out more (in French)

Le Devoir – New Access to Statistics Showing a Decrease in Social Mobility

February 12, 2021 – Marie Connolly gave an interview on social mobility to Le Devoir this week. Thanks to a new access to microdata, the professor put forth that social mobility has been reduced in Canada since the early 1960s and that income inequalities have increased. The probability that a child will achieve a better standard of living than that of his parents has therefore decreased. Marie Connolly explains that in order to address this situation of inequality and reduced social mobility, the first step would be to form a clear picture of the problem. A next step would be to be able to access and cross-reference these microdata with other government data.
>To read the article (in French)

Journal de Québec – Collaboration on the new methodology for developing CEGEP rankings

February 12, 2021 – Thanks to a collaboration with Catherine Haeck, the Journal de Québec’s new CEGEP ranking assessment methodology is now also based on the academic level of students upon entering. This is one of the main factors influencing college graduation. This new approach notably mitigates the effects of student selection on the graduation rate. The ranking of CEGEPs now more closely reflects their contribution to the success of their students.

>To find out more (in French)

Understanding the Factors that Affect Student Success in School: a Publication by Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly Featured in La Presse

Eleve du primaireJanuary 18, 2021 – Our children and youth are Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly’s priority. In order for researchers to understand the reasons behind each student’s success, however, data is needed – in large amounts. Canada must relaunch the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), and Quebec must use the impressive amount of data it collects to better understand how children are doing and how to help them. Read this excellent article by Francis Vailles (in French) on how accessing data for research purposes is important to help improve the collective well-being of children and youth.

Catherine Haeck and Marie Connolly also wrote the chapter “Public Administration Data Accessibility” in the “Le Québec économique 9: Perspectives et Challenges de la Transformation Numérique” volume (in French) published this week by CIRANO.