Pierre Desrochers

Associate Professor of Geography, University of Toronto

Pierre Desrochers, Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. His main research interests include economic development, energy, environmental and urban policy and food policy. He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Montreal. He spent two years at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland) as a post-doctoral fellow. He has published more than fifty academic articles and over 200 economic columns in various outlets. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Mr. Desrochers was the Montreal Economic Institute's Research Director, where he remains a senior fellow.

Recent Research by Pierre Desrochers

— Oct 8, 2019
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The Myths of Local Food Policy: Lessons from the economic and social history of the food system finds that despite common misperceptions, locally-grown food isn’t better for the environment, doesn’t provide a more stable food supply and it isn’t necessarily safer to eat. And locally-grown food often increases prices for consumers since the high cost of land in or near big cities means urban agriculture is expensive.

— Jul 30, 2019
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Generating Electricity in Canada from Wind and Sunlight: Is Getting Less for More Better than Getting More for Less?

Generating Electricity in Canada from Wind and Sunlight: Is Getting Less for More Better than Getting More for Less? is a new study that finds, despite rhetoric that renewable energy is cheap, wind and solar power generation actually comes with large—yet often ignored—costs that increase electricity prices for residents and businesses. And generating electricity from variable renewable energy sources, such as wind and sunlight, benefits the environment less than advocates claim.