by Jonathan Robe
Question: When is "education" less than half of "education?" Answer: When you ask Statistics Canada, Canada’s central statistical agency. According to the official Canadian statistics, in 2009, only 49% of all "education" expenditures by Canadian universities and colleges actually went towards "education." The precise definitions used in the Canadian expenditure classification system elude me so far, so this was enough to elicit a little chuckle. I guess even Canadian bureaucrats can be short on creativity, too.