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Valentin Petkantchin
Valentin Petkantchin

Associate Researcher

Valentin Petkantchin holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Economic analysis of institutions) and a Master's Degree in Media communication and economics training from the University of Aix-Marseille III (France). Between 1996 and 2003 he was a fellow researcher at the Center of Economic Analysis and a lecturer in economics at the Applied Economics Faculty and at the Law Faculty in that same university. Valentin Petkantchin also wrote weekly columns between 1999 and 2002 for Libres.org (an electronic newspaper offering an economic perspective on public policy and current affairs in France). He is the author of numerous scientific publications and research working papers on various subjects and has worked for several years with the Institute for Humane Studies-Europe and the Institute for Economic Studies-France. Mr. Petkantchin was MEI's Research Director from January 2004 to May 2006.

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A new study proposes the federal imposition of “a national, universal drug plan providing first-dollar coverage.”

25 September 2010September 25, 2010
Viewpoint on Canada’s management of public finances.

It is easy and tempting for politicians to let deficits soar and to dig more deeply into public debt. No country can escape this. In France, the proposed government deficit for 2010 is equal to more than one-third of gross tax revenues. The Moody's rating agency says world sovereign debt is likely to go from 63% of world GDP in 2008 to 80% in 2010. It is essential to think twice before yielding to this easy "game." This game is dangerous. Unless public debt is brought under control, governments run the risk of leading their countries into bankruptcy.

4 February 2010February 4, 2010
www.cyberpresse.ca (Le Soleil), p. Web
Rewriting the rules governing local phone competition.
17 December 2006December 17, 2006
National Post, p. FP-17
A European Commission fine of 280.5-million against Microsoft could hurt PC users.
3 August 2006August 3, 2006
L'Echo, p. Web
The consequences on a European Commission condamnation on Microsoft.
25 July 2006July 25, 2006
Protégez-vous, p. 34-35
Debate between MEI's Valentin Petkatchin and Attac-Québec's Robert Jasmin.
1 June 2006June 1, 2006
Les Affaires, p. 16
La Fête des travailleurs, 2006 Edition.
6 May 2006May 6, 2006
Les Affaires, p. 16
The effects of regulations on the beer industry.
15 April 2006April 15, 2006
Economic Note on the effects of controls such as floor prices and ceiling prices

Governments in Canada and elsewhere around the world continue to control the prices of many goods and services. These controls, aimed at helping certain producers or portions of society, result in a number of pernicious effects that damage the economy and impair wealth creation. It would be preferable to let prices play their proper role in the economy and to establish other public policies providing direct assistance to those who require such help.

11 April 2006April 11, 2006
Les Affaires, p. 16
The impact of a personal income tax reduction on government’s budgetary revenues.
25 March 2006March 25, 2006
L'actualité médicale, p. 18
The financing of private health care in Quebec.
22 March 2006March 22, 2006
Le Soleil, p. A-14
The financing of private health care in Quebec.
21 February 2006February 21, 2006
National Post, p. FP-23

Publication of an Economic Note on the supply management system in Canada’s dairy industry.

8 February 2006February 8, 2006
Economic Note on the supply management system in Canada’s dairy industry

Even with a temporary reprieve from the latest WTO talks in Hong Kong in December 2005, the supply management system in Canada’s dairy industry will have to be reformed in the longer term. The system clearly benefits certain milk producers, but on the other hand it holds Canadian consumers hostage and stifles entire industries that have to pay more for their milk. It erects an obstacle to competition throughout the Canadian dairy industry, penalizing the most dynamic producers by means of extravagantly expensive quotas. When it comes to reforming the dairy supply management system in Canada, a number of concerns have been raised to which the Australian experience provides answers.

27 January 2006January 27, 2006
Ottawa Citizen, p. A-15
Health care reform in Canada.
23 January 2006January 23, 2006
Les Affaires, p. 18
The justifications for preserving a government monopoly on liquor sales in Quebec and the economic consequences of this policy.
21 January 2006January 21, 2006
Economic Note on the impact of Quebec’s regulatory and tax burdens on entrepreneurs

We often hear that people in Quebec are less inclined to become entrepreneurs than other Canadians or Americans. This difference is sometimes attributed to cultural or religious factors that assigned a low standing to entrepreneurial activity. Although such factors may still have a certain influence, Quebec stands apart mainly because of regulatory and tax burdens that are higher than elsewhere and that penalize entrepreneurs.

1 December 2005December 1, 2005
Le Journal de Québec, p. 15
Publication of an Economic Note on the impact of Quebec’s regulatory and tax burdens on entrepreneurs.
30 November 2005November 30, 2005
Economic Note on the economic considerations such a ban represents

Many governments in North America and Europe, such as France have moved toward a ban on cigarette smoking in public places, or are planning to do so. Defenders of this approach argue that second-hand tobacco smoke causes health risks for non-smokers, who should be protected through a ban on smoking in public places. This leads to major economic considerations. An economic approach is needed for a full assessment of the relevance of such measures. (In collaboration with the Institut économique Molinari.)

17 November 2005November 17, 2005
Economic Note on the financing of private health care

The recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the Chaoulli affair determined that the Quebec government cannot forbid private health insurance from covering medically required services. If the possibility of obtaining private insurance is not thwarted by government moves, it will lead to the advent of a parallel private health care system. This will not mark the end of the public system but will allow for greater overall financing and will increase the ability of the health care system to look after patients more quickly and more effectively.

10 November 2005November 10, 2005
National Post, p. FP-19
Publication of an Economic Note on the financing of private health care.
10 November 2005November 10, 2005
Santé Inc., p. 32-34
Publication of an Economic Note on the financing of private health care.
1 November 2005November 1, 2005
Le Soleil, p. A-17
Research Paper on the justifications for preserving a government monopoly on liquor sales in Quebec and the economic consequences of this policy.
13 October 2005October 13, 2005
Research Paper on the justifications for preserving a government monopoly on liquor sales in Quebec and the economic consequences of this policy

While in the 1920s the Quebec government clearly had the most liberal and least detrimental policy in North America for controlling the sale of liquor, in 2005 it is among the most restrictive. The time has come to discuss the various ways of privatizing the SAQ and liberalizing liquor sales, turning a page that goes back to the era of prohibition.

5 October 2005October 5, 2005
National Post, p. FP-19
Research Paper on the justifications for preserving a government monopoly on liquor sales in Quebec and the economic consequences of this policy.
5 October 2005October 5, 2005
Financial Post, p. F-15
Nationalization is not a rational solution for the health problems caused by cigarettes.
12 August 2005August 12, 2005
Le Droit (Ottawa), p. 23
Publication of an Economic Note on the economic considerations a ban on cigarette smoking in public places represents.
28 April 2005April 28, 2005
Economic Note on the economic considerations such a ban represents

Many governments in North America and Europe have moved toward a ban on cigarette smoking in public places, or are planning to do so. Defenders of this approach argue that second-hand tobacco smoke causes health risks for non-smokers, who should be protected through a ban on smoking in public places. This leads to major economic considerations. An economic approach is needed for a full assessment of the relevance of such measures.

1 April 2005April 1, 2005
Le Journal de Québec, p. 13
Publication of an Economic Note on the economic considerations a ban on cigarette smoking in public places represents.
30 March 2005March 30, 2005
Le Droit (Ottawa), p. 17
Reaction to the closing of the Jonquière Wal-Mart store.
3 March 2005March 3, 2005

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