Matthew Lau

Adjunct Scholar, Fraser Institute

Matthew Lau is an adjunct scholar at the Fraser Institute and fellow with the Montreal Economic Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. His commentaries on a wide range of issues including fiscal policy, climate change and employment regulations have appeared in major Canadian newspapers including the National Post, Toronto Sun and Vancouver Sun.

Recent Research by Matthew Lau

— Jun 16, 2022
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Student Testing: An International Context

Student Testing: An International Context is a new study that finds more than 80 countries or jurisdictions are participating in this year’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a group of comparable, highly developed nations, including Canada. The OECD reports that about three-quarters of 15-year-old students in those participating countries attend schools in which mandatory standardized tests are used at least once a year.

— Jun 8, 2022
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Do Budget Deficits Matter?

Low Interest Rates and the Cost of Government Debt and Canada’s Budget and Deficit Cuts in the Late 20th Century: An Amazing Success Story are the latest installments in an essay series on government deficits that emphasize the risks of higher interest costs on government debt, and note the similarities between today’s federal fiscal situation and the mid-1990s when interest costs consumed one of every three dollars of government revenue. At that time, the government enacted major reforms—including spending reductions—to help dramatically reduce the federal debt.