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Elmira Aliakbari

Associate Director, Natural Resource Studies, Fraser Institute

Elmira Aliakbari is Associate Director of the Centre for Natural Resource Studies at the Fraser Institute. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Guelph, and M.A. and B.S. degrees in Economics, both from the University of Tehran in Iran. She has studied public policy involving energy and the environment for nearly eight years. Prior to joining the Fraser Institute, Ms. Aliakbari was Director of Research, Energy, Ecology and Prosperity with the Frontier Center for Public Policy. She has presented her work at many academic conferences and has been published in the prestigious academic journal Energy Economics. Ms. Aliakbari’s research has been discussed in prominent media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, and her commentaries have appeared in major Canadian and American newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, Washington Times, National Post, and Financial Post.

Recent Research by Elmira Aliakbari

— Jan 14, 2021
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Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2020

The Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey finds that Oklahoma and Texas are considered far more attractive than Alberta for oil and gas investment. Specifically, investors pointed to the uncertainty concerning environmental regulations, the cost of regulatory compliance, and regulatory enforcement as major areas of concern in Canadian provinces compared to US states. The study also ranks 21 North American jurisdictions based on policies affecting oil and gas investment, and Saskatchewan (8th) was the only Canadian province to make the top ten. Oklahoma ranked 1st, Kansas ranked 2nd, and Texas ranked 3rd, while Alberta ranked 12th and British Columbia was 20th out of 21.

— Oct 20, 2020
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Carbon Pricing in High-Income OECD Countries

Carbon Pricing in High-Income OECD Countries is a new study that finds of the 14 countries in the OECD that have implemented a carbon tax, all have failed with respect to key design aspects of a well-functioning carbon tax, such as using carbon tax revenue to reduce more economically harmful taxes like personal income taxes, removing other emission-related regulations, and ending government subsidies to alternative energy sources.

— Jul 21, 2020
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Stimulating Economic Growth through Abundant Energy

Stimulating Economic Growth Through Abundant Energy finds that access to affordable, abundant energy promotes economic growth and could help Canada recover from the COVID recession. In particular, a ten per cent increase in energy use is associated with a 1.16 per cent increase in GDP. Critically, Canada’s economic growth over the past decade was already weaker than several other developed countries including the United States, Germany, Japan, and the whole G7 group of economies, on average.