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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.
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 It intends to review and remove outdated or duplicative regulatory requirements, keep an eye on our regulatory burden’s effect on our competitiveness, and innovate when it comes to rule-making.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.
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.
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.
Research Paper examining how different fiscal measures influence the decision to start a business
Many try to divorce entrepreneurship from any fiscal questions, claiming that entrepreneurship is basically a passion, and that entrepreneurs start businesses out of love. Yet one of the fundamental aspects of economic analysis is that cost variations are a primary factor in accounting for human behaviour. This paper aims to provide a frank, open discussion of the fiscal measures that affect entrepreneurship.
Participation of Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI, and Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, at an event organized by the MEI in collaboration with the Heritage Foundation in Washington on Canadian models for the reform of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Economic Note describing how the bipartisan effort to reduce Canada’s corporate tax rate led to more business investment, more economic growth, and higher wages
In December 2017, President Donald Trump cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, effective immediately. While certain critics quickly lamented this policy decision, the President is currently mulling a second round of tax cuts. In this context, the Canadian experience with corporate tax reduction provides a useful comparison.