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

— Oct 14, 2021
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Prime Ministers and Government Spending: Updated 2021 Edition

Prime Ministers and Government Spending, Updated 2021 Edition is a new study that analyzes program spending by prime minister since Confederation, and finds that in 2020/21, per-person spending reached $17,121—77.0 per cent higher than the previous highest level of per-person spending, which was recorded in 2019/20. In fact, the current federal government is on track to record the five highest levels of per-person spending in Canadian history.

— Sep 9, 2021
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The Lifetime Tax Burden for Canadians from Federal Debt Accumulation

Lifetime Tax Burden for Canadians from Federal Debt Accumulation finds that Canadians aged 16 to 35 will pay an additional $205.1 billion in personal income taxes (or 61.7 per cent of the total burden imposed on all age groups) over their lifetimes due to additional federal debt accumulation.

— Aug 13, 2021
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Taxes versus the Necessities of Life: The Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2021 edition

The Canadian Consumer Tax Index, 2021 Edition is a new study that finds even with a substantial COVID-driven reduction in tax revenue, the average Canadian family still spent over 36 per cent of its income on taxes in 2020 compared to 35.4 per cent on basic necessities—more than housing, food and clothing costs combined. Since 1961, the average Canadian family’s total tax bill has increased nominally by 1,992 per cent, eclipsing increases in annual housing costs (1,671 per cent), clothing (629 per cent) and food (767 per cent).