Ben Eisen

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Ben Eisen is a Senior Fellow in Fiscal and Provincial Prosperity Studies and former Director of Provincial Prosperity Studies at the Fraser Institute. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto and an MPP from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. Prior to joining the Fraser Institute Mr. Eisen was the Director of Research and Programmes at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies in Halifax.  He also worked for the Citizens Budget Commission in New York City, and in Winnipeg as the Assistant Research Director for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Mr. Eisen has published influential studies on several policy topics, including intergovernmental relations, public finance, and higher education policy. He has been widely quoted in major newspapers including the National Post, Chronicle Herald, Winnipeg Free Press and Calgary Herald.

Recent Research by Ben Eisen

— Jan 5, 2022
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Uneven Job Creation in Ontario’s Urban Centres from 2008 to 2019

Uneven Job creation in Ontario’s Urban Centres from 2008 to 2019 finds that despite the rate of job creation in the Toronto and Ottawa areas exceeding the national average, most other Ontario cities, towns and rural areas experienced little or no job growth since the 2008/09 recession.

— Nov 4, 2021
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Why Is Equalization Still Growing? 2021 Update

Why Is Equalization Still Growing? 2021 Update is a new study that predicts how, due to a design flaw in Canada’s equalization program, “have not” provinces will receive $8.9 billion in overpayments by 2025/26. This design flaw means billions in additional equalization spending in the years ahead, despite the shrinking gap between richer and poorer provinces.

— Oct 28, 2021
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Who Earns the Minimum  Wage in Canada?

Who Earns the Minimum Wage in Canada? is a new study that finds despite misperceptions, raising the minimum wage would do little to reduce poverty in Canada. That’s because 92.3 per cent of minimum-wage earners in Canada don’t live in low-income families. In fact, the majority of minimum-wage earners in 2019 (the latest year of available data) were teenagers or young adults aged 15-24, many of whom live with their parents or other family members.