Milagros Palacios

Senior Research Economist, Fraser Institute

Milagros Palacios is a Senior Research Economist at the Fraser Institute. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Concepcion, Chile. Ms. Palacios has studied public policy involving taxation, government finances, investment, productivity, labour markets, and charitable giving, for nearly 10 years. Since joining the Institute, Ms. Palacios has authored or coauthored over 70 comprehensive research studies, 70 commentaries and four books. Her recent commentaries have appeared in major Canadian newspapers such as the National Post, Toronto Sun, Windsor Star, and Vancouver Sun.

Recent Research by Milagros Palacios

— Jun 14, 2017
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Impact of Proposed NDP-Green Tax Changes on BC Families

The Impact of Proposed NDP-Green Tax Changes on British Columbian Families finds that the average B.C. family’s tax bill would increase by $594 under an NDP-Green government, led mainly by a $482 increase in fuel and carbon taxes.

— Jun 9, 2017
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This year Tax Freedom Day falls on June 9.  Tax Freedom Day measures the total yearly tax burden imposed on Canadian families by all levels of government:  If you had to pay all your taxes up front, you’d give government every dollar you earned before June 9. This year, the average Canadian family (with two or more people) will pay $47,135 in total taxes or 43.4 per cent of its annual income.

— May 30, 2017
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Race to the Bottom: Comparing the Recent Deficits of Alberta and Ontario finds that the Alberta government’s current string of budget deficits are 65 per cent larger, on a per person basis, than Ontario’s deficits following the 2009 recession, and Alberta—which was debt free until quite recently—is also catching up to Ontario’s per person debt levels.