Thinking in Public

Research in Brief

Social Assistance and Marital Decision-Making in Canada

April 3, 2018

What is the relationship between marital status and social-assistance participation? Canadian analysis shows that regional variations such as labour market conditions and wage growth are important considerations when exploring social-assistance participation and marital decision-making.


Bringing Thou Back In

March 5, 2018

In this report, author David Sikkink at the University of Notre Dame examines whether religious school graduates more likely to vote, attend a community meeting, or engage in some other action that contributes to the common good.


New Census Data Shows Fewer Children Living with Married Parents

March 22, 2018

This provincial and territorial breakdown of the 2016 family census data shows that kids in Canada’s wealthiest provinces are the most likely to be growing up in families with two married parents.


Walking the Path: The Religious Lives of Young Adults in North America

January 30, 2018

Using Cardus Education Survey data, University of Notre Dame analysts find that attending a Protestant Evangelical school has a measurable effect on graduates that is distinct from the influence of family, socio-economic background, or church life.

No Longer the Best: The Effects of Restrictive Tendering on the Region of Waterloo

March 1, 2018

This paper focuses on tendering data from the Region of Waterloo, which, because of its relatively recent certification as a construction employer, has affected citizens, workers and companies in ways that were not reflected in our previous papers.


Payday Loan Regulations: A Horse Race Between Red Tape and Innovation

January 11, 2018

Ontario’s new payday lending rules kicked in this year. They’re supposed to strengthen the hand of consumers who borrow less than $1500 for terms of less than 60 days. But will the rules succeed?


Navigating Social Capital Scholarship

January 18, 2018

Cardus Social Cities has reviewed more than 9,000 sources from the Web of Science Core Collection to help scholars, policy-makers, and community leaders understand social capital and how it works. This whitepaper examines four important categories of social capital: trust, measurement, spatial dynamics, and social isolation.


Promises, Promises

December 15, 2017

What is the impact of schooling experiences on the formation, quality, and stability of marriages and other romantic relationships of young adults? This report brings evidence to bear on the hypothesis that schools contribute to family formation and flourishing.