Philip Cross

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Philip Cross spent 36 years at Statistics Canada, the last few years as its Chief Economic Analyst. He wrote Statistics Canada's monthly assessment of the economy for years, as well as many feature articles for the Canadian Economic Observer. After leaving Statistics Canada, he worked for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He has been widely-quoted over the years, and now writes a bi-weekly column for the National Post and other papers.

Recent Research by Philip Cross

— Sep 29, 2021
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Canada’s Faltering Business Dynamism and Lagging Innovation

Canada’s Faltering Business Dynamism and Lagging Innovation is a new study that examines how economic growth and business investment have been faltering in Canada. The study finds that Canada’s economic growth (measured by GDP, adjusted for inflation) over the past decade was the slowest since the 1930s, stalling productivity and hampering the country’s ability to encourage innovation or new business start-ups.

— Apr 22, 2021
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The Implications of Slowing Growth in Canada’s Labour Force

The Implications of Slowing Growth in Canada’s Labour Force is a new study that finds Canada’s shrinking labour force participation rate will likely hinder economic recovery and contribute to rising budget deficits in governments across the country. The percentage of Canadians working or looking for work has continued to drop for decades, predating the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Mar 11, 2021
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The Minimum Wage, Lost Jobs, And Poverty in Canada

The Minimum Wage, Lost Jobs, and Poverty in Canada finds that, despite claims to the contrary, minimum wage increases do little to lower poverty rates and can actually hurt the very people they’re supposed to help.