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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, Associate Director, Research, Policy Expert

Benjamin Dachis is Associate Director, Research at the C.D. Howe Institute. He started with the C.D. Howe Institute in 2006 as a Research Fellow and also has experience with a major U.S. think tank. He returned to the C.D. Howe Institute as a Policy Analyst in January of 2008, and became a Senior Policy Analyst in 2011 and Associate Director, Research in 2016.

Bev Dahlby
Bev Dahlby, Distinguished Fellow, Tax and Economic Growth, University of Calgary, Research Fellows

Bev Dahlby is the Distinguished Fellow in Tax and Economic Growth at the School of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary. He attended St. Peter's College, the University of Saskatchewan, Queen's University and the London School of Economics. Dr.

Colin Busby
Colin Busby, Former Associate Director, Research,

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.