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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.

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 “...
Defining the Public Interest in Regulatory Decisions: The Case for Economic Efficiency
May 9, 2017 - Jeffrey Church
Canada’s public utility regulators, in sectors ranging from energy to telecommunications, are facing a crisis of legitimacy because they promise more than they can deliver and do not deliver what...
Numbers You can Trust? The Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments, 2017
April 25, 2017 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson
Alberta and New Brunswick come out on top in the Institute’s latest report card on government financial reporting, with Prince Edward Island trailing the pack. In Numbers You can Trust? The Fiscal...
Getting Real: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2017
Ottawa should set out a path back toward balance to inspire confidence among savers and investors, says the C.D. Howe Institute’s annual Shadow Federal Budget. In “Getting Real: A Shadow Federal...
Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of Federal Tax Concessions
February 16, 2017 - William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin
More than $16 billion of annual “tax expenditures” never show up on the federal government’s books, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of...
Two Sets of Books at City Hall? Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Cities
November 24, 2016 - William B.P. Robson, Benjamin Dachis and Jennifer Y. Tsao
Annual budgets in most of Canada’s major cities are a mess – excluding key activities, using inconsistent accounting, burying crucial numbers where only experts can find them, and often voted well...
Wyonch, Robson & Laurin - Why the Small Business Deduction Should be a Young Business Deduction
Intelligence Memos
From: Rosalie Wyonch, Bill Robson, and Alex Laurin To: The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance Date: February 28, 2017 Re: Why the Small Business Deduction Should be a Young Business...
Toronto’s Economy Will Pay the Toll for Wynne’s ‘No’: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced on Friday that she will not allow the City of Toronto to proceed with road tolls. I’ll leave the politics of this decision to others, but the economic...
Dachis and Robson - Municipal Fiscal Accountability in Toronto
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson To: Toronto City Council Date: December 22, 2016 Re: Municipal Fiscal Accountability in Toronto It’s budget season again here in Toronto. With all this...
11 May 2017
May
11
  • The Ballooning Cost of Federal Government Employees
Conference Call with Bill Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute; and Alex Laurin, Director of Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
25 Apr 2017
Apr
25
  • Inside Access: Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
Conference Call with Bill Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
24 Nov 2016
Nov
24
  • Inside Access: Grading the Financial Reports of Canada's Cities
Call with Bill Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute and Ben Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, November 24, 2016, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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