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Niels Veldhuis

President, Fraser Institute

Niels Veldhuis is President of the Fraser Institute, Canada’s top ranked think-tank and among the top 20 globally, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tanks Report. Niels has written six books and more than 50 peer-reviewed studies on a wide range of economic topics. In 2011, he was awarded (along with his co-authors) the prestigious Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for the best-selling book, The Canadian Century. Niels is in high demand for his opinions and perspectives on major economic and social issues, appearing regularly on radio and television programs across Canada and in the United States. He has written more than 200 articles that have appeared in over 50 newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal, National Post, and the Economist. Niels is best known for his ability to explain matters of government policy in a down-to-earth manner, making them easily understandable. He travels widely across North America, speaking to business groups, corporate gatherings, voluntary organizations, and students. In 2011, Niels led a discussion between former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the Surrey Economic Forum. Niels holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with joint majors in business and economics, and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University. In 2010 he was named one of Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver.

Recent Research by Niels Veldhuis

— Sep 20, 2016
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Independent Schools in British Columbia: Myths and Realities

Independent Schools in British Columbia: Myths and Realities finds that calls to eliminate funding for independent schools are based on misperceptions. In fact, more than 90 per cent of independent schools in B.C. are not elite preparatory institutions, and students in independent schools receive, on average, less than half the government funding per-pupil than students in public schools. Instead of taking away resources from public schools, cutting the partial funding independent schools receive could actually increase the financial strain on public schools and increase costs for B.C. taxpayers.

— May 12, 2016
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Moving Targets: Re-estimating Federal Deficits and Debt-to-GDP

Given the government’s rapidly evolving deficit and debt targets, the study, Moving Targets: Re-estimating Federal Deficits and Debt-to-GDP through 2020/21, spotlights the federal government five-year budget plan and raises questions about the government’s fiscal targets. It finds that federal deficits could reach nearly $200 billion over the next five years along with a corresponding increase in the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio.

— Apr 21, 2016
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Measuring Income Mobility in Canada, 2016 finds that Canada has high levels of income mobility -- the ability of individuals to move up the income ladder. For example, within a 10 year period (1993 to 2012), nine of every 10 Canadians in the lowest income group moved to a higher income group.