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Kevin Brookes
Kevin Brookes

Associate Researcher

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 has a PhD in political science from 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 was a Public Policy Analyst at the MEI from November 2017 to December 2018.

www.iedm.org, p. web
Press freedom is closely linked with the degree of economic freedom that prevails in a country.
3 May 2019May 3, 2019
Le Devoir, p. A09
Press freedom is closely linked with the degree of economic freedom that prevails in a country.
3 May 2019May 3, 2019
Viewpoint showing that countries with a free press are generally those that enjoy a high degree of economic freedom
The latest reports on freedom of the press are worrisome. This freedom has declined over the past decade, and 54 journalists were killed on the job in 2018 alone. Several factors explain the level of press freedom of a given country: the nature of the political system, its level of development, or the presence of armed conflicts on its territory, for example. Another important factor, too often ignored, is its degree of economic freedom.
3 May 2019May 3, 2019
Le Figaro, p. web
Press freedom is closely linked with the degree of economic freedom that prevails in a country.
2 May 2019May 2, 2019
National Post, p. FP9
The Canadian tax system has become much too complicated and costly to administer.
10 April 2019April 10, 2019
Economic Note showing that a detailed examination of Canada’s costly and complicated tax system is needed
Taxpayers always meet the months of March and April with some apprehension, as they will have to devote precious hours of their time to completing their income tax returns, or pay someone else to do it for them. Is it possible to make life easier for taxpayers by simplifying the tax system?
10 April 2019April 10, 2019
The Globe and Mail, p. B4
Should the Government Pre-Fill Your Tax Return?
29 December 2018December 29, 2018
www.iedm.org, p. web
Canada does not need a food policy.
14 November 2018November 14, 2018
Huffington Post Québec, p. web
Canada does not need a food policy.
14 November 2018November 14, 2018
Research Paper explaining how, by transmitting knowledge throughout the food supply chain, middlemen contribute to better and more varied food, while lowering costs for consumers
Although we take supermarkets for granted, our access to such a quantity and variety of food products on demand and at any time of year is absolutely remarkable. This “miracle” is all the more impressive given that it is the result of spontaneous and voluntary collaboration between millions of people, most of whom will never meet. This paper will examine the historical evolution and the current operation of supermarkets and the numerous intermediaries that supply them, using the analytical framework of the Austrian School of Economics.
14 November 2018November 14, 2018
The Globe and Mail, p. B4
The benefits of a tax cut for Canadian businesses and workers.
25 October 2018October 25, 2018

Presentation by Kevin Brookes, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, at the Canada 2020 Tax and Competitiveness Summit in Ottawa.

23 October 2018October 23, 2018
Le Droit, p. web
The benefits of a tax cut for Canadian businesses and workers.
23 October 2018October 23, 2018
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.
23 October 2018October 23, 2018
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
Presentation by Kevin Brookes, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, at the Free Market Seminar organized by the Institute for Liberal Studies at McGill University.
4 August 2018August 4, 2018
Panel discussion featuring Professor Pierre Desrochers and Kevin Brookes.
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

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