John Palmer

Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Economics, University of Western Ontario

John Palmer is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He is a past-president of the Canadian Law and Economics Association and has written in the past about landlord-tenant advisory bureaus, urban transportation, and the impact on local economies from sports and arts events. He blogs and can be reached at [email protected].

Recent Research by John Palmer

— Sep 16, 2021
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Housing Codes, Homelessness, and Affordable Housing

Housing Codes, Homelessness, and Affordable Housing finds that governments in Canada often remove housing units from the market because they don’t fully comply with certain building code standards, thus reducing the supply of housing for low-income people and forcing them into potentially worse alternatives.

— Dec 31, 1987
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This study examines the trends and outlooks for four different ground transportation industries in Canada: bus passenger service, railway service, trucking, and taxis. Ground transportation is less spectacular in its growth and outlook for the future than air transportation. Nevertheless, rail and truck freight revenues have consistently been more than 3 percent of Canada's GNP during the past decade, with value added in just these two industries somewhere between 1.5 percent and 3 percent of GNP. These nominally small percentages are actually quite large for two industries as narrowly defined as these two have been for this study.