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

— Apr 27, 2021
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Measuring Ontario’s Regional Prosperity Gap

Measuring Ontario’s Regional Prosperity Gap is a new study that compares average incomes in Ontario, Quebec and eight American states in the Great Lakes region. It finds that in 2019, Ontario’s GDP per person trailed neighbouring Michigan by nearly $4,000, and in fact, Ontario lags the regional average GDP per person by $16,607, or 27.1 per cent.

— Mar 23, 2021
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Lessons for the Ford Government from the 1995 Federal Budget

Lessons for the Ford Government from the 1995 Federal Budget is a new study that finds Ontario’s provincial net debt will equal 47 per cent of the provincial economy by the end of this year, and highlights how the current government can return to budget balance following the example of the 1995 Chrétien government reforms.

— Feb 17, 2021
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Atlantic Canada's Precarious Public Finances

Atlantic Canada’s Precarious Public Finances finds that the financial positions of the four Atlantic provinces are unsustainable, and they will face rising debt-to-GDP ratios in the coming years in the absence of policy changes or improved economic growth. Crucially, the Atlantic provinces’ finances are more vulnerable than those in other provinces because of a number of economic and demographic factors in the region, such as an older population, high tax and interest rates, and a greater dependency on federal transfers from Ottawa.