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Viewpoint describing reforms recently implemented in Australia allowing the taxi industry and ride-sharing applications to coexist peacefully

In the majority of North American cities, existing laws do not control or make any provisions for activities related to ride-sharing applications. As a result, they operate in a grey zone. Like certain European cities, Vancouver and Montreal have chosen to oppose the operation of such services.

February 8, 2016

8 February 2016

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

There are no universal and easy answers to dietary problems.

February 2, 2016

2 February 2016

Toronto Sun, p. 15

Regulating credit card loyalty programs would have unintended consequences that would harm consumers.

February 1, 2016

1 February 2016

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

How a less arduous dismissal process for incompetent teachers would benefit the school system.

January 29, 2016

29 January 2016

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/jasmin-guenette, p. web

Robin Hood and the consequences of a high level of taxation.

January 28, 2016

28 January 2016

Economic Note explaining how regulating credit card loyalty programs would have unintended consequences that would harm consumers instead of helping them

Today, 89% of Canadians adhere to at least one loyalty program (also called a reward program), and 41% adhere to a program that is connected to a credit card. In other cases, such programs are connected to stand-alone loyalty cards or smartphone applications. Many critics maintain that these programs do not really offer any benefits for consumers, and suggest that they should be regulated. What is the truth of the matter, and what effects have such regulations had in countries that have adopted them?

January 28, 2016

28 January 2016

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. web

The lessons to draw from the Danish model.

January 24, 2016

24 January 2016

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

A less arduous dismissal process for incompetent teachers would benefit the school system.

January 21, 2016

21 January 2016

Economic Note illustrating how a less arduous dismissal process for incompetent teachers would benefit the school system

According to Quebecers, the single most important factor in the success of students is the quality of the teaching staff. However, this profession is plagued by persistent problems: the poor university records of many education undergraduates, the abandonment of the profession by young teachers, discouragement and loss of motivation, etc. These problems can affect the quality of students’ learning, and are quite naturally a concern for parents.

January 18, 2016

18 January 2016

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

The benefits of ride-sharing applications.

January 8, 2016

8 January 2016

National Post, p. 39

The impact of occupational licensing and labour unions on social mobility in Canada.

January 8, 2016

8 January 2016

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/jasmin-guenette, p. web

The concept of negative interest rates.

December 26, 2015

26 December 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/jasmin-guenette, p. web

Quebec winemakers win the right to distribute their products directly to retailers.

December 17, 2015

17 December 2015

Toronto Sun, p. 15

Funding for medically required care remains almost completely public in Canada.

December 16, 2015

16 December 2015

Economic Note showing that funding for medically required care remains almost completely public in Canada, unlike in the rest of the OECD

Is the responsibility for financing health care services being increasingly entrusted to private actors? Is there more private sector funding of care here than in Europe, as some maintain? Contrary to what certain commentators declare, we are not witnessing the gradual privatization of health care funding in Canada. This Economic Note demonstrates that this is a myth, at least when it comes to medically required care, which forms the core of our health care system.

December 15, 2015

15 December 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/jasmin-guenette, p. web

Quebec introduces a ban on tobacco company loyalty programs for convenience stores.

December 8, 2015

8 December 2015

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

The costs of a public drug insurance monopoly.

December 8, 2015

8 December 2015

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. web

Subcontracting certain auxiliary tasks performed by police officers to security agents would allow a reduction in the cost of police services.

December 4, 2015

4 December 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/mathieu-bedard, p. web

The difficulties of collecting sales taxes on online purchases in other provinces and abroad.

November 30, 2015

30 November 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/jasmin-guenette, p. web

SAQ : The end of a monopoly?

November 28, 2015

28 November 2015

Economic Note on the difficulties of collecting sales taxes on online purchases in other provinces and abroad

When Canadian consumers buy goods or services from retailers located outside their province, or outside Canada, it is very difficult to collect sales taxes on these transactions. Taxes on a certain portion of such purchases in other provinces and countries therefore go uncollected. The fact that these purchases are less expensive puts local online retailers, as well as brick-and-mortar retailers, at a disadvantage, as they are faced with a kind of unfair competition. Governments are also deprived, at first glance, of substantial revenues.

November 27, 2015

27 November 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/jasmin-guenette, p. web

The benefits of ride-sharing applications.

November 22, 2015

22 November 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/mathieu-bedard, p. web

Taxing the rich is not the solution to tax evasion.

November 16, 2015

16 November 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/jasmin-guenette, p. web

Subcontracting certain auxiliary tasks performed by police officers to security agents would allow a reduction in the cost of police services.

November 16, 2015

16 November 2015

Research Paper explaining the most relevant economic facts and overarching principles that should guide our climate change policy choices

The Paris Conference that opens on November 30, 2015, is drawing plenty of attention to the fight against climate change, an issue that blends political rhetoric, economic logic and climate science. The aim of this Research Paper is to make key climate change concepts easier to understand as well as to put the mechanisms discussed here in a Canadian context and to base public policy choices on the most relevant facts.

November 12, 2015

12 November 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/mathieu-bedard, p. web

Quebec cracks down on Airbnb-style home-rental services.

November 8, 2015

8 November 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/mathieu-bedard, p. web

Innovative specialized services are revolutionizing the way people consume wine.

November 3, 2015

3 November 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/mathieu-bedard, p. web

The impact of a new tax on vacant premises.

October 28, 2015

28 October 2015

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. web

The consequences of a heavy tax and bureaucratic burden.

October 23, 2015

23 October 2015

Le Journal de Montréal, p. 46

Assessment of the 2015 federal election campaign.

October 17, 2015

17 October 2015

From the MEI’s Archives

Viewpoint explaining that the state of competition in the Canadian wireless sector does not justify more interventionist measures

September 29, 2014

29 September 2014

Economic Note highlighting the positive effects of pedagogical autonomy and accountability of teachers and school principals on student results

August 27, 2015

27 August 2015

Economic Note proposing solutions in the debate on municipal pension plans

October 9, 2014

9 October 2014

Economic Note on the ineffectiveness of plain packaging of cigarettes

August 15, 2011

15 August 2011

Economic Note on executive compensation policies

January 20, 2010

20 January 2010

Economic Note on supply management policies in the taxi industry

August 25, 2010

25 August 2010

Economic Note on the effects of regulation of prices and service offerings of Internet service providers

June 4, 2009

4 June 2009

Viewpoint making the case for the dismantlement of supply management for Canada's dairy, poultry, and egg industries

June 17, 2015

17 June 2015

Viewpoint describing the effects of the heavier tax burden placed on mutual funds compared to other investment vehicles

October 1, 2015

1 October 2015

Economic Note on regulation of securities trading and related activities in Canada

January 17, 2008

17 January 2008

MEI in the Media

It's way too hard to weed out bad teachers
Op-ed by Youri Chassin, Economist and Research Director at the MEI, published on February 8 in the Montreal Gazette.

Loyalty program critics protect you from yourself
Op-ed by Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, published on February 1st in several Sun Media papers.

Despite numerous superficial reforms and a growing budget, health care systems in Canada still do not live up to expectations. As part of the MEI's health care research program, its Vice President, Mr. Jasmin Guénette, met with medical doctors and policy experts in order to better understand which reforms are likely to make our health care systems more efficient, without jeopardizing the universality of care.

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