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Mathieu Bédard
Mathieu Bédard

Mathieu Bédard holds a PhD in economics from Aix-Marseille University, and a master’s degree in economic analysis of institutions from Paul Cézanne University. From 2013 to 2015, he was a Lecturer at the Toulouse School of Economics. His dissertation is entitled “Economic Analysis of Bank Failures: An Essay on the Informational Properties of Bank Runs.” His scholarly articles have been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, the International Journal of Business, and the Journal des économistes et des études humaines. Mathieu Bédard was an Economist at the MEI from June 2015 to May 2019.

National Post, p. FP11
Health Canada’s reform of the pricing mechanism for new drugs could delay their introduction.
23 April 2019April 23, 2019
La Presse+, p. web
Health Canada’s reform of the pricing mechanism for new drugs could delay their introduction.
18 April 2019April 18, 2019
Viewpoint explaining how Health Canada’s reform of the pricing mechanism for new drugs could delay their introduction
The Canadian government is planning to change the way prices are set for new patented drugs and cut the maximum prices at which these drugs can be sold by up to 70%. But this reform could prove very costly for patients. If it goes forward and fails to take into account the adverse effects of reference pricing systems, which have been well documented by various international bodies, Canadians could see their access to new drugs slowed down or even compromised.
18 April 2019April 18, 2019
National Post, p. FP9
The Canadian tax system has become much too complicated and costly to administer.
10 April 2019April 10, 2019
Economic Note showing that a detailed examination of Canada’s costly and complicated tax system is needed
Taxpayers always meet the months of March and April with some apprehension, as they will have to devote precious hours of their time to completing their income tax returns, or pay someone else to do it for them. Is it possible to make life easier for taxpayers by simplifying the tax system?
10 April 2019April 10, 2019
Viewpoint showing how labour laws, interprovincial trade barriers, and the tax burden affect jobs and wages
We are constantly told that there is a shortage of labour in Canada. In 2018, the economy added 163,000 full-time jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6%, a historic low that can be qualified as full employment. The participation rate for people of prime working age, 25 to 54 years, is 87%. The winds are shifting on the labour market. Employers used to have the upper hand; now, it’s workers who have it.
4 April 2019April 4, 2019

March 18, 2019 | 16 min. 39 sec. | Nathalie le midi (BLVD-FM)

Interview (in French) with Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, about the federal government presenting its last budget tomorrow before the elections expected in the fall.

18 March 2019March 18, 2019
Le Soleil, p. web
Technological changes and the banking sector.
14 March 2019March 14, 2019
National Post, p. FP11
The theory of predatory pricing.
15 February 2019February 15, 2019
Le Droit, p. web
The excessive regulation that stifles entrepreneurship and drags down the economy in Canada.
13 February 2019February 13, 2019
The Hill Times, p. web
The excessive regulation that stifles entrepreneurship and drags down the economy in Canada.
7 February 2019February 7, 2019
Economic Note providing a roadmap for eliminating the excessive regulation that stifles entrepreneurship and drags down the economy in Canada
In its last Fall Economic Statement, the federal government included a chapter on regulation. It intends to review and remove outdated or duplicative regulatory requirements, keep an eye on our regulatory burden’s effect on our competitiveness, and innovate when it comes to rule-making. While this is a welcome admission that the Canadian regulatory burden is weighing down our competitiveness, with the United States as an easy alternative destination for investment, it still leaves open the question of how exactly to proceed with effectively reducing the regulatory burden.
6 February 2019February 6, 2019
The Globe and Mail, p. B4
Deregulation in the United States is not fake news.
5 February 2019February 5, 2019
La Presse+, p. web
Quebec has a record budget surplus.
10 December 2018December 10, 2018

November 27, 2018 | 39 min. 35 sec. | Isabelle (98,5 FM)

Interview (in French) with Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, about the numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of a soda tax.

27 November 2018November 27, 2018
www.iedm.org, p. web
The numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of a soda tax.
27 November 2018November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018 | 11 min. 42 sec. | Le retour d'Éric Duhaime (FM93)

Interview (in French) with Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, about the numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of a soda tax.

27 November 2018November 27, 2018
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of a soda tax.
27 November 2018November 27, 2018
Viewpoint examining the numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of a soda tax
Earlier this year, the Quebec government formed a committee whose stated goal was to propose a soda tax, for the purpose of reducing the prevalence of obesity. Yet there are numerous reasons to question the effectiveness of this measure. Indeed, when a tax modifies the price of a good, there is no guarantee that the replacement product will be better for one’s health than the taxed product.
27 November 2018November 27, 2018

November 21, 2018 | 12 min. 4 sec. | Région zéro 8 (Ici Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, about the economic update unveiled by Bill Morneau.

21 November 2018November 21, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
The announcement of the elimination of 2,500 jobs at Bombardier in Quebec.
19 November 2018November 19, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
How to deal with a possible recession?
5 November 2018November 5, 2018
The Globe and Mail, p. B4
The benefits of a tax cut for Canadian businesses and workers.
25 October 2018October 25, 2018
Le Droit, p. web
The benefits of a tax cut for Canadian businesses and workers.
23 October 2018October 23, 2018
Economic Note showing the need for and the benefits of a tax cut for Canadian businesses and workers
As the fall economic update approaches, the rumour is that Ottawa favours targeted measures to promote investment, rather than reducing the corporate income tax rate. This would be a mistake. The competitiveness of Canadian companies has been hurt by US tax cuts, and also by deregulation efforts south of the border. The federal government should use its update to lower corporate income taxes and restore the Canadian advantage; not acting would entail substantial costs not just for businesses, but for workers as well.
23 October 2018October 23, 2018
Huffington Post Québec, p. web
Paul Romer and William Nordhaus receive the Nobel Prize in Economics.
22 October 2018October 22, 2018
Presentation by Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, at the University of Edmonton, Wirth Symposium, organized by Professor Peter Boettke.
11 October 2018October 11, 2018

Presentation by Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, McGill University, Conservative Students Club.

4 October 2018October 4, 2018
Toronto Sun, p. 7
The governments approach to entrepreneurship must be rethinked.
17 September 2018September 17, 2018

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