Merit is supposed to be one of the anchor concepts of modern economics. A good product, for example, merits sales, a smart lawyer merits his fees, and so on. Why aren’t we productive Canadians getting a nicer hit on payday, then? Our productivity is up but the Centre for the Study of Living Standards finds that we aren’t really being rewarded for that. Wages have risen more slowly over time than our productivity. Have we changed our tune on merit?