Continuance

  1. The act or fact of repeated subtle change.
  2. The time during which observable variation or differentiation occurs.
  3. A catalogue of essays by Jon Milani.

Market Competition in the Retail Distribution of Alcohol in Saskatchewan

Most provinces in Canada maintain post-prohibition-era monopolistic controls over the importation and distribution (including pricing) of alcohol. Saskatchewan’s alcohol control is facilitated by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), a Treasury Board Crown Corporation. SLGA operates as the primary distributor and sole licensing agent for the sale of beverage alcohol in the province, either through direct operation of its liquor stores, or by rural franchisees operating on its behalf. Despite its monopolistic position in the market, SLGA has shown some interest in fostering market competition, in part by pursuing a public-private retail distribution model. Recent directives from the SaskParty suggest that SLGA will be mandated to pursue more competitive measures. However, the real extent of market competition remains constrained due both to limitations placed on the retail market by SLGA, especially by way of minimum pricing requirements, and because of its ostensible public policy mandate to deter alcohol consumption.

Written by Jon Milani. Posted on April 30, 2016. Filed under Economics. Tagged: , , , , , , , , .

The Curse of African Resource Abundance

Although much of the African continent possesses a myriad of natural resources, modest economic growth has come largely absent development. Much of the African continent experiences conditions of abject poverty, and in some countries poverty has increased in recent decades. Africa is experiencing the effects of a “resource curse”, where resource extraction actually contributes to conditions of poverty and stagnated development. In part the result of a “Dutch disease”, growth inhibited by resource extraction is multifaceted, involving government failures, unfair or opaque contracts by firms, and missed opportunities for sustainable reinvestment. Despite the challenges associated with contractual renegotiations and improving institutional competency, natural resource abundance in many African countries presents opportunities to pair economic growth with sustainable development.

Written by Jon Milani. Posted on July 25, 2013. Filed under Economics. Tagged: , , , , , , , .

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