Elmira Aliakbari

Senior Economist, Fraser Institute

Elmira Aliakbari is Senior Economist at the Fraser Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Guelph in 2016 and her B.S. in Economics and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Tehran in Iran (2003 and 2007).  She has studied public policy involving energy and environment for nearly 7 years. Prior to joining the Fraser Institute Ms. Aliakbari was Director of Research, Energy, Ecology and Prosperity with the Frontier Center for Public Policy.  Her commentaries have appeared in major Canadian newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, Financial Post and Edmonton Journal.

Recent Research by Elmira Aliakbari

— Apr 20, 2017
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Canada's Air Quality Since 1970: An Environmental Success Story

Canada's Air Quality Since 1970: An Environmental Success Story finds that levels of four major air pollutants—ground-level ozone, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide—have all fallen substantially since the 1970s despite significant population and economic growth and increased energy usage over the same time.

— Jan 17, 2017
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Did the Coal Phase-out Reduce Ontario Air Pollution?

Did the Coal Phase-out Reduce Ontario Air Pollution finds that the coal phase-out produced only a small reduction in fine particulates, a common measure of air pollution, and in Toronto and Hamilton, the reduction was statistically insignificant. In fact, had the province completed its modernization of the coal-fired plants, instead of shutting them down, fine particulate reductions of the same size could have been achieved at a much lower cost.

— May 15, 2014
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Energy Abundance & Economic Growth

Economic growth in the modern world is fueled by energy. Although the total size of the economy tends to grow faster than total energy consumption, the two nonetheless trend together over the long run. So does economic growth cause an increase in energy consumption, or does an increase in energy availability cause an increase in economic activity, or both?