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Kevin Brookes
Kevin Brookes

Public Policy Analyst

Kevin Brookes holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Political Science from the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies. He has collaborated with a number of think tanks, and has taught at several universities in France (including the Lyon and Grenoble Institutes of Political Studies). He is a PhD candidate at the University of Grenoble Alpes and has published articles and book reviews on the history of political thought in academic journals such as Raisons politiques, the Revue française de science politique and The Journal of the History of Ideas. He specializes in the analysis of public choice and of political institutions. He joined the MEI team in November 2017.

kbrookes (@iedm.org) / 514 273-0969 (ext. 2229)

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.
13 September 2018September 13, 2018

August 23, 2018 | 8 min. 50 sec. | La croisée (Ici Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Kevin Brookes, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, about the increased administrative costs and risk of errors involved in having the government pre-fill tax returns.

23 August 2018August 23, 2018
Le Soleil, p. web
Should the Government Pre-Fill Your Tax Return?
22 August 2018August 22, 2018
Montreal Gazette, p. A08
Should the Government Pre-Fill Your Tax Return?
22 August 2018August 22, 2018

August 21, 2018 | 15 min. 29 sec. | Ségal-Lavoie le midi (FM93)

Interview (in French) with Kevin Brookes, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, about the increased administrative costs and risk of errors involved in having the government pre-fill tax returns.

21 August 2018August 21, 2018
Economic Note describing the increased administrative costs and risk of errors involved in having the government pre-fill tax returns
The collection of income tax involves substantial administrative costs, especially in Quebec, which is the only province that requires a separate tax return. In 2011, these costs amounted to $627 million for Revenue Quebec and $4.6 billion for the Canada Revenue Agency. To simplify procedures, some propose that the government pre-fill tax returns instead of taxpayers, a system that is in place in several industrialized countries.
21 August 2018August 21, 2018

The MEI, in collaboration with l’Association des étudiants et étudiantes en sciences économiques de l’Université de Montréal, is happy to invite you to a panel discussion featuring Professor Pierre Desrochers and Kevin Brookes.

The role played by market prices in transmitting information is certainly among the most original features of the Austrian School of Economics.

6 July 2018July 6, 2018
Le Point, p. web
The more economically free a country is, the more press freedom exists there.
3 May 2018May 3, 2018
Le Devoir, p. A07
The more economically free a country is, the more press freedom exists there.
3 May 2018May 3, 2018
Economic Note explaining how the more economically free a country is, the more press freedom exists there
The virtues of press freedom are widely recognized today. Economic freedom, another essential liberty, is for its part underappreciated. Yet it makes a substantial contribution to the improvement of human well-being, in addition to which it is a necessary condition for ensuring a certain degree of press freedom.
3 May 2018May 3, 2018
The Wall Street Journal, p. 15
The more economically free a country is, the more press freedom exists there.
2 May 2018May 2, 2018
Le Point, p. web
The administration reform in France.
26 February 2018February 26, 2018
Toronto Sun, p. 15
Economic growth is the best way to reduce poverty.
23 February 2018February 23, 2018
Viewpoint explaining that contrary to popular belief, economic growth is the best way to reduce poverty
Is it true that economic growth only benefits a small, privileged elite? This seems to be the belief of certain groups that regularly denounce a “crisis of inequality” in many countries, including Canada. Yet this perspective, which considers wealth creation to be a zero-sum game in which the poorest are prisoners of their economic circumstances, is simply mistaken.
22 February 2018February 22, 2018
Le Devoir, p. A9
Economic growth is the best way to reduce poverty.
21 February 2018February 21, 2018
FigaroVox, p. web
Tax reforms announced in France.
5 January 2018January 5, 2018

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