Christopher A. Sarlo

Professor of Economics, Nipissing University

Christopher A. Sarlo is professor of economics at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, as well as a senior fellow with the Fraser Institute. He is the author of Poverty in Canada (Fraser Institute, 1992, 1996), Measuring Poverty in Canada (Fraser Institute, 2001, 2006), and What is Poverty? Providing Clarity for Canada (Fraser Institute, 2008).  Some of his recent publications include Understanding Wealth Inequality in Canada, Consumption Inequality in Canada: Is the Gap Growing?, Child Care in Canada: Examining the Status Quo in 2015, and Income Inequality Measurement Sensitivities. Professor Sarlo has published a number of articles and studies on poverty, inequality and economic issues relating to the family.

Recent Research by Christopher A. Sarlo

— Oct 6, 2020
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Is the Canada Child Benefit Targeted to those Most in Need?

Is the Canada Child Benefit Targeted to those Most in Need?, part one of an essay series on the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), finds that families with less than $40,000 of annual household income receive 16.2 per cent of total benefits from the CCB program—compared to 21.8 per cent under two child benefit programs scrapped by the federal government in 2016.

— Aug 18, 2020
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A Critical Assessment of Canada’s Official Poverty Line

A Critical Assessment of Canada’s Official Poverty Line finds that due to the federal government’s newly established official poverty line, some Canadian families earning more than $60,000 annually are now considered impoverished. Drawing the poverty line above families and individuals with near middle-class incomes will do nothing to help eliminate genuine deprivation in Canada.

— Mar 26, 2019
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The Causes of Poverty

Causes of Poverty, the first in a new series exploring the underlying causes of poverty, finds Canadians who graduate high school, secure any kind of full-time employment and wait to have children until in a committed relationship have a 99 per cent chance of avoiding long-term poverty.