mark stabile

professor, school of public policy and governance and rotman school of management, mpi fellow

Expenditures by middle class households have increased by between 0.5 and 1 percent a year between 1997 and 2009. The share of income spent has changed very little.


After having examined how the size of the middle class has changed in Canada, Lauren Jones and I are looking at how expenditures among middle class families have changed over time. The graphs below use data from the Canadian Survey of Household Spending (SHS) between 1997 and 2009, and all figures are in 2009 dollars. Miles Corak has documented the changes in average and median incomes among the middle class […]

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The size of the middle class may be shrinking in the U.S., but not in Canada


Lauren Jones and I have been looking at what has happened to the size of the middle class in Canada. The New York Times recently documented that the American middle class is shrinking. Defined as those families earning between $35,000 and $100,000 a year, the Times shows a steady decline since 1967, with a smaller but significant decline over the past ten to fifteen years. In addition, since 2000, the […]

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Helping children with ADHD


Now that our kids are back in the classroom, parents across Canada will again be faced with the pressures and anxieties that come with a child’s diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). An often difficult question for parents of children who suffer from ADHD is whether to put their child on either Ritalin or Adderall (the drugs most commonly used to treat ADHD and its features of hyper and […]

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