Jake Fuss

Senior Economist, Fraser Institute

Jake Fuss is a Senior Economist at the Fraser Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Calgary. Mr. Fuss has written commentaries appearing in major Canadian newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, and National Post. His research covers a wide range of policy issues including government spending, debt, taxation, labour policy, and charitable giving.

Recent Research by Jake Fuss

— Mar 31, 2021
Printer-friendly version
Prime Ministers and Government Spending: 2021 Edition

Prime Ministers and Government Spending, 2021 Edition finds that the federal government is projected to spend $17,091 per Canadian in 2020/21—more than double what the government spent per person during the peak of the Second World War ($7,769) and nearly twice what was spent during the 2009 recession ($8,993). But even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Ottawa was already spending at record per person levels.

— Mar 4, 2021
Printer-friendly version
Achieving the Four-Day Work Week: Essays on Improving Productivity Growth in Canada

Achieving the 4-Day Work Week: Essays on Improving Productivity Growth in Canada is a new essay series, authored by notable economists and analysts from across North America, that identifies and discusses a set of initiatives that promise to improve Canada’s labour productivity growth rate, which is essential to achieve a 4-day work week without sacrificing compensation. In broad terms, the initiatives identified in these essays promote faster productivity growth by encouraging more investment in physical and human capital, and by stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship.

— Mar 2, 2021
Printer-friendly version
Reforming Employment Insurance for the 21st Century

Reforming Employment Insurance for the 21st Century analyzes problems with Canada’s EI system, such as providing unequal benefits depending on where a worker lives, and not covering the self-employed or those who work in the growing ‘gig’ economy. The study also highlights several ways Canada’s employment insurance system could be reformed, including the idea of an Unemployment Insurance Savings Account.