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    Who We Are


    Demonstrating the benefits of sound economics

    The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with active research ties with similar independent organizations in more than 80 countries around the world. We are often referred to as a “think tank” and have been ranked by a University of Pennsylvania study as the top think tank in Canada.

    What is a think tank?

    Think tanks conduct research on specific problems, encourage the discovery of solutions to those problems, and facilitate interaction among researchers, scientists, economists, and academics in pursuit of these goals. Think tanks can be associated with universities or governments, or they can be stand-alone private organizations.

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    Ideas that Improve People's Quality of Life

    The Fraser Institute publishes research examining the effects of economics and public policy on society. Research published by the Institute contributes directly to improving the quality of life for people of all ages and income levels by exploring what policies will lead to greater prosperity and improved health for all levels of society.

    What is Public Policy?

    Public policy includes debate, recommendations, laws, and regulations relating to any course of action that may be undertaken by a level of government, and that affects the public.

    Analyzing the Consequences

    Our researchers analyze the likely consequences of public policies and ask: based on the results of research, what should the public policy be? Is there a more effective solution to the issues and problems people face other than looking to government as the answer?

    Support Greater Choice and Personal Responsibility

    The Fraser Institute is a registered non-profit organization. We depend entirely on donations from people who understand the importance of impartial research and who support greater choice, less government intervention, and more personal responsibility.