Joel Emes

Senior Economist, Fraser Institute

Joel Emes is a Senior Economist, Addington Centre for Measurement, at the Fraser Institute. Joel started his career with the Fraser Institute and rejoined after a stint as a senior analyst, acting executive director and then senior advisor to British Columbia’s provincial government. Joel initiated and led several flagship projects in the areas of tax freedom and government performance, spending, debt, and unfunded liabilities. He supports many projects at the Institute in areas such as investment, equalization, school performance and fiscal policy. Joel holds a B.A. and an M.A. in economics from Simon Fraser University.

Recent Research by Joel Emes

— Jan 11, 2022
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Worrying Trends in BC’s Testing of Grade 10 Students

Worrying Trends in BC’s Testing of Grade 10 Students finds that in 2019/20 only 40 per cent of Grade 10 students in British Columbia scored proficient or above in numeracy and only 75 per cent scored proficient or above in literacy.

— 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 13, 2021
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The Investment Outlook for the Canadian and US Oil and Gas Sectors: Evidence from Financial Metrics

The Investment Outlook for the Canadian and US Oil and Gas Sectors finds that Canada’s unfavourable business environment—which includes higher taxes, more regulation and lack of pipeline capacity—will likely continue to help divert oil and gas investments from Canada to the United States.