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

With rising life expectancy, saving for retirement is becoming increasingly important. Government programs like RRSPs and TFSAs encourage Canadians to save by allowing them to shelter certain portions of their incomes from taxation. Governments undermine this objective, though, by excessively inflating mutual fund management fees with sales taxes.

October 1, 2015

1 October 2015

Toronto Sun, p. 17

Restrictions on the sale of beer in Canada.

September 26, 2015

26 September 2015

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues/iedm, p. Web

Portrait of Nicolas Duvernois, the successful Quebec entrepreneur behind PUR Vodka.

September 24, 2015

24 September 2015

www.huffingtonpost.fr/jasmin-guenette, p. web

How to integrate the private and the public sectors in the education system.

September 22, 2015

22 September 2015

Métro Montréal, p. 12

How to make the transit system a more efficient one?

September 17, 2015

17 September 2015

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

The use of "plain and standardized packaging" for the sale of tobacco products.

September 14, 2015

14 September 2015

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

The use of "plain and standardized packaging" for the sale of tobacco products.

September 9, 2015

9 September 2015

La Presse +, p. Web

The positive effects of pedagogical autonomy and accountability of teachers and school principals on student results.

August 28, 2015

28 August 2015

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues/iedm, p. Web

The taxi industry and ride-sharing applications.

August 27, 2015

27 August 2015

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

Giving teachers and school principals more control over course content and teaching methods, all while rewarding or penalizing them according to the consequences of their decisions, could improve academic results. When autonomy and accountability are jointly applied, students generally achieve better grades, even when standard of living variances are taken into account.

August 27, 2015

27 August 2015

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

Amazon paying authors based on how many pages are read.

August 24, 2015

24 August 2015

Economic Note estimating the likely costs in terms of jobs and economic activity of conservation measures to protect the boreal caribou

Since the addition of the boreal caribou to the threatened species list, the Quebec government has made considerable efforts to protect its habitat by limiting forestry companies’ access to the public forest. No one denies the need to have in place conservation measures for protecting biodiversity, as long as they have concrete positive effects and that the associated costs are not out of proportion with the goals. When it comes to the boreal caribou, though, these two criteria are not necessarily respected.

August 20, 2015

20 August 2015

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues/iedm, p. Web

The compartmentalization of trades in the construction industry.

August 19, 2015

19 August 2015

Ottawa Citizen, p. C5

The advantages of having a mixed public-private drug insurance system.

August 19, 2015

19 August 2015

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

Mount Rushmore syndrome.

August 17, 2015

17 August 2015

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues/iedm, p. Web

Should the State encourage people to have more children?

August 13, 2015

13 August 2015

The Globe and Mail, p. A11

The push for a national pharmacare system.

July 24, 2015

24 July 2015

Montreal Gazette, p. A15

Electronic cigarettes and Quebec’s Bill 44.

July 21, 2015

21 July 2015

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

The natural resources sector's tax and regulatory burden.

July 21, 2015

21 July 2015

Calgary Herald, p. A21

Regulating electricity prices.

July 16, 2015

16 July 2015

Le Journal de Montréal, p. 45

The federal tax credit for labor-sponsored funds.

July 11, 2015

11 July 2015

www.huffingtonpost.ca/yanick-labrie, p. web

Price controls and their consequences.

July 8, 2015

8 July 2015

Toronto Sun, p. 17

The costs of supply management in Canada.

June 22, 2015

22 June 2015

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

The ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations between 12 Pacific Rim nations, including Canada, are raising concerns among defenders of supply management policies for Canada’s dairy, poultry, and egg industries. The federal government is undoubtedly feeling pressure at the negotiating table to modify the system. But rather than making cosmetic alterations to placate our international trading partners, it could instead seize this opportunity to put a definitive end to Canada's anachronistic supply management policies.

June 17, 2015

17 June 2015

La Presse +, p. Web

The cost of a carbon tax.

June 15, 2015

15 June 2015

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

Exploiting shale gas vs. certain levels of risk.

June 10, 2015

10 June 2015

Le Devoir, p. A09

The timid health care reforms adopted in Quebec over the past decade.

June 5, 2015

5 June 2015

www.huffingtonpost.ca/youri-chassin, p. web

The shale gas development debate from the point of view of landowners.

June 1, 2015

1 June 2015

Toronto Sun, p. 15

Governments regulating online home-sharing services.

June 1, 2015

1 June 2015

Economic Note providing an overview of the shale gas development debate from the point of view of landowners

The possibility of developing shale gas in the St. Lawrence Lowlands caused quite a stir in Quebec between 2008 and 2012. In this public debate, the projects put forward for developing this resource did not pass the test of social acceptability. The voices of environmentalist groups, well-organized and omnipresent in the media, carried further than those of industry promoters. Between these two poles, there are also those who have natural gas wells on their land.

May 27, 2015

27 May 2015

From the MEI’s Archives

Economic Note offering an overview of the Bitcoin phenomenon and the issues that it raises

January 15, 2014

15 January 2014

Economic Note on the impact of forcing telephone companies to share access to their infrastructure

May 28, 2009

28 May 2009

Economic Note on supply management policies in the taxi industry

August 25, 2010

25 August 2010

Research Paper evaluating the costs of an accelerated transition toward green energies and the willingness of Canadians to pay these costs

December 11, 2014

11 December 2014

Economic Note on the effects of controls such as floor prices and ceiling prices

April 11, 2006

11 April 2006

Overview of studies about the positive impacts of coordination agreements between air carriers

February 9, 2012

9 February 2012

Research Paper on the public policy approaches to dealing with the illegal economy

October 30, 2007

30 October 2007

Overview of the reforms enacted in several U.S. states regarding public-sector collective bargaining

October 27, 2011

27 October 2011

Economic Note proposing solutions in the debate on municipal pension plans

October 9, 2014

9 October 2014

Economic Note exploring the legal and regulatory modifications required to clarify Bitcoin's status

May 29, 2014

29 May 2014

MEI in the Media

Three ways freer trade and the TPP will benefit Canadians
Op-ed by Ian Irvine, Associate Researcher at the MEI, published on October 9 in the Metro newspapers.

Poverty in Canada Is Not a Life Sentence
Op-ed by Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI, published on October 9 in The Huffington Post.

Many activists have been calling for free university tuition, arguing that this would ensure greater access to higher education. While this proposal may seem persuasive, it would entail negative consequences in terms of educational quality. This short documentary shows how France succeeded in establishing a network of top quality institutes of higher learning, and how this system could inspire the province of Quebec.

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Les épargnes des Canadiens placés dans des fonds communs de placement, qui représentent 27,2 % de leurs...