About the Work and Economics Research Project

Work and Economics is our most active, and long standing research project, heralding from our original days as the Work Research Foundation. Above you'll find some of our key projects over the years.

What we believe and how we work are more connected than we often think. At Cardus we think we're onto something—a way of connecting belief and behaviour in work and economics—a way of organizing our understanding of work and economics in North America that can contribute to the common good.

You can learn more about what Cardus offers in the work and economics sector through this two-page overview.

What do we mean? Read about our first principles in Comment:
President Michael Van Pelt, on "Pioneering Worldview Economics" and "Work";
Director Ray Pennings, on "Kuyper's Sphere Sovereignty and Modern Economic Institutions"; and Senior Fellow Gideon Strauss on "The DNA of Economic Life" and "Market economy? Yes! Market society? No!"



Latest Research in Work and Economics




Canada is in the midst of a new industrial revolution which is changing the face of our economy. Resources—long lamented as the means by which Canadians served other, more developed countries—have instead held Canada steady through a global economic crisis and maintained an industrial core.
Download Signs of the Times




This policy paper presents the case for a new framework of understanding labour relations in Canada. Taking insights which move debates about labour beyond the pendulum of pro-union and anti-union policies, it proposes a new policy within a new framework.
Download Competition and Cooperation




Canada's economy is increasingly reliant on construction: what is fuelling this, and what challenges and opportunities does this pose for Canadian policy makers?
Read Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water?




Expanding on the findings made in Working Mobile, Ray Pennings further illuminates the labour situation in Canada's construction Industry by surveying local workers.
Download Working Local




A comprehensive investigative research report that gives the construction industry a better understanding of the various factors relating to worker mobility in the large industrial and civil engineering sectors of the industry. Using a survey of mobile workers, the study analyzes results, and offers recommendations based on the survey findings.
Download Working Mobile

Latest in Work and Economics

Oct 7, 2014 - Cardus News
Introducing the Building Meaning Project
In North America today, some assume that getting your hands dirty is second-class work: how can we c...
Sep 23, 2014 - Columns & Opinions
Ontario procurement needs to open up: Cardus report
Governments in Ontario are spending hundreds of millions of dollars more each year for the construct...
Apr 10, 2014 - Comment (Q & A)
In the Beginning was Economics
"Our whole working lives, which is an awful lot of what we actually do, is a response to that initia...
Apr 1, 2014 - Cardus Event
Alexandre Havard Lecture and Book Signing (Complimentary)
Cardus is pleased to invite you to hear the excellent Alexandre Havard, the Moscow-based leadership ...