Episode 58

Published on:

18th Nov 2021

NLR Counterpoint - Fitsum Areguy & Vivek Dehijia

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Each week, we’ll bring you a panel discussion with Canada’s leading journalists, columnists, politicos, and change-makers discussing what’s happening in the newsphere.

This week we're joined by journalist Fitsum Areguy and professor of economics and philosophy Vivek Dehejia to explore the possibility of rising interest rates, exploding housing costs, and Canadians being left out in the cold. What can we do? Then, it is being reported that inflation is at an 18 year high with some journalists making the case that it's good for the 99%. Is it true and what impact does it have on the people? Is Modern Monetary Theory a solution? Finally, an old favourite — oil & gas. The two paths discussed in our discourse are "leave it in the ground" or "drill baby drill". Is it that binary? Is there another way?

About Fitsum Areguy

Fitsum Areguy (he/him) is a Black activist and writer who grew up in Kitchener. He draws on years of experience as a community worker and advocate for youth rights and disability justice to inform his artistic practice. He is co-founder of Inside Waterloo and Textile Magazine which he sees as not only an avenue for creative expression but also as a vehicle for liberation and decolonization through the arts.

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About Vivek Dehejia

Vivek Dehejia is Associate Professor of Economics at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics (1995), awarded with distinction, from Columbia University in New York, where his doctoral dissertation was supervised by Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, the celebrated international trade economist. His other advisers included Professor Robert Mundell, the 1999 Nobel Laureate in Economics. Dehejia’s fields of specialization include international trade, economic development, and international macroeconomics. His research areas include the study of globalization and development and the economic development of India. His recent work has focused on the political economy of reform in India. Dehejia has published in numerous academic journals and also is a frequent commentator in print and on TV in India. He is a columnist for Business Standard, a leading business daily in India. He is co-author of Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India (Random House India, 2012).

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