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This research area concerns public institutions and rules governing decision-making in government or in government-supported organisations, affecting economic outcomes. It covers, for example, the role and governance of charities, federalism and urban governance issues, and questions of accountability and transparency in government.

Wild Numbers: Getting Better Fiscal Accountability in Canada's Municipalities
December 13, 2018 - William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran
Canada’s municipalities are routinely missing the spending targets in their budgets by large amounts, undermining the ability of voters to hold them accountable, according to a new study from the C.D...
The Numbers Game: Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
May 1, 2018 - William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran
Canada’s senior governments tax and spend a lot, but don’t consistently tell us what they are doing, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The Numbers Game: Rating the Fiscal...
Buildings with Benefits: The Defect of Density Bonusing
April 17, 2018 - Aaron Moore
Ontario should scrap arbitrary and opaque density bonusing deals between municipalities and developers, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Buildings with Benefits: The Defect...
Fuzzy Finances: Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Municipalities
November 28, 2017 - William B.P. Robson, Benjamin Dachis and Farah Omran
Canada’s major cities tend to understate revenue and spending, wait too long to release budgets, and confuse taxpayers with obscure figures in their financial reports, finds a new study from the C.D...
Revisions to Economic Statistics and Their Impact on Policymaking
October 17, 2017 - Philip Cross
Policymakers need not be the passive victims of revisions to the economic data they are scrutinizing, according to a report by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Revisions to Economic Statistics and Their...
Premium Compensation: The Ballooning Cost of Federal Government Employees
The cost of federal employees has risen rapidly, with total compensation per employee jumping nearly 5% per year on average over the past decade, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “...
Ottawa must prioritize the well-being of off-reserve First Nations citizens - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
  The 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples made prominent reference to a 1613 treaty between the Dutch and Mohawk: “Three beads of wampum separating the two purple rows symbolize peace,...
Ottawa must prioritize the well-being of off-reserve First Nations citizens - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
The 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples made prominent reference to a 1613 treaty between the Dutch and Mohawk: “Three beads of wampum separating the two purple rows symbolize peace,...
Robson, Omran - Fiscal Transparency: How the Federal Government Can Get an A+
Intelligence Memos
Federal budgets are an annual rite of spring in Ottawa, as is the deluge of advice to the Department of Finance. But budget-making is a yearlong process, and the work is now in progress. Accordingly...
24 Sep 2018
Sep
24
  • Restoring Trust and Accountability in Ontario’s Finances
Roundtable Luncheon with The Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board Secretariat (Ontario)
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Monday, September 24, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Sponsored by:
BMO Financial Group
22 Feb 2018
Feb
22
  • The Election is Coming: What Should the 2018 Ontario Budget Look Like?
Roundtable Luncheon with Benjamin Dachis, Rocco Rossi and Douglas E. Turnbull
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
18 Dec 2017
Dec
18
  • Leaders and Laggards: The 2017 Scorecard on Cities’ Financial Reporting
Roundtable Luncheon with Tim Beauchamp, Guillaume Lavoie, Bonnie Lysyk and Bill Robson
Monday, December 18, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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