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September 14, 2011

When provinces raise royalties charged on oil and gas production, the result can be less, not more tax revenues, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In  Rethinking Royalty Rates: Why There Is a Better Way to Tax Oil and Gas Development, authors Colin Busby, Benjamin Dachis and Bev Dahlby show how resource-rich provinces would be better off relying more on auctions for exploration and development rights and relying less on royalties levied on output.

 

Benjamin Dachis
Benjamin Dachis

Benjamin Dachis is Director of Public Affairs for the C.D. Howe Institute. In his role, he furthers the Institute’s mission to improve Canada’s economic performance by enhancing the visibility, reputation and impact of its research and activities. Benjamin started with the C.D. Howe Institute in 2006 as a Research Fellow and also has experience with major U.S. and U.K. think tanks.

Bev Dahlby
Bev Dahlby

Bev Dahlby, Distinguished Fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, attended St. Peter’s College, the University of Saskatchewan, Queen’s University and the London School of Economics. He is also the Research Director as well as the Director of the Tax and Economic Growth program at The School. Dr. Dahlby has published extensively on tax policy and fiscal federalism.

Colin Busby
Colin Busby

Colin Busby was awarded the 2007 C.D. Howe Research Fellowship and joined the Institute as an analyst thereafter. While writing broadly on economic issues, his emphasis is on fiscal and social policy. Appointed Associate Director of Research in 2016, Colin focuses his attention on the Institute’s healthcare policy and human capital research.