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The purpose of this blog post is to provide an estimate of the costs of different levels of carbon taxes on Canadian households, as a follow-up from testimony to the Senate Committee on February 16, 2017.2 Costs to Canadians as a result of carbon taxes will come in two forms, direct and indirect costs. Direct […]

Written by: Jennifer Winter

There may be method in the apparent madness of Mr. Trump’s trade policy pronouncements with their simplistic mercantilist differentiation between good and bad trading partners. The populist rhetoric certainly plays to the president’s electoral base, but underlying it is a longstanding American preference for dealing with trading partners bilaterally where possible. The reason is that, […]

Written by: Andrei Sulzenko

About five years ago Herb Emery and I published a research paper on the decline of Canadian economics.  The paper analyzed the journal publications of academic economists at Canadian universities and found that explicit analysis or recognition of Canadian issues was in decline, especially for those hired since 1990.  As the incentives to conduct theoretical […]

Written by: Wayne Simpson

The federal government gives up about $30 billion in revenue through tax-based spending programs. This cost is split approximately one-third for measures promoting economic development and two-thirds for measures with a social objective. A tough but fair review of these measures could easily come up with about $6 billion in savings. As discussed in last […]

Written by: John Lester