Filip Palda

Professor, École nationale d'administration publique

Filip Palda is full professor at the École nationale d'administration publique. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago. He has written two books for the Fraser Institute (Election Finance Regulation in Canada: A Critical Review, and Home on the Urban Range: An Idea Map for Reforming the City) as well as co-authoring three Tax Facts books and pioneering for the Fraser Institute, along with Isabella Horry, the survey method of estimating tax incidence. He is also editor of five Fraser Institute books (Essays in Canadian Surface Transportation, Its no Gamble: The Economic and Social Benefits of Stock Markets, L'État interventionniste : le gouvernement provincial et l'économie du Québec, Provincial Trade Wars: Why the Blockade Must End, and The New Federalist), and the author of over a hundred Fraser Forum articles as well as the author of the Public Policy Source paper The History of Tobacco Regulation: Forward to the Past. He has written a dozen articles in the National Post, has published with the World & I, as well as being cover author for the Next City magazine. In addition to his work for the Fraser Institute, professor Palda is the author of more than 20 articles in refereed economic journals and is a high-scoring author on the RepEc website of economic working papers. He is best known for his work on exposing the self-interest politicians hold in crafting election finance laws and for his discovery of the displacement deadweight loss of tax evasion.


Filip Palda, professeur titulaire à l’École nationale d’administration publique, a obtenu son doctorat en économie à l’Université de Chicago. Auteur de deux livres de l’Institut Fraser (Election Finance Regulation in Canada: A Critical Review et Home on the Urban Range: An Idea Map for Reforming the City) et coauteur de trois livres de la série Tax Facts, il a en outre conçu, avec Isabella Horry, sa méthode d’enquête par sondage pour l’estimation de l’incidence fiscale. Il est également responsable de cinq livres de l’Institut Fraser – Essays in Canadian Surface Transportation, It’s no Gamble: The Economic and Social Benefits of Stock Markets, L’État interventionniste : le gouvernement provincial et l’économie du Québec, Provincial Trade Wars: Why the Blockade Must End et The New Federalist – et auteur de plus de 100 articles de la revue Fraser Forum, de même que de l’article de la série Public Policy Sources intitulé The History of Tobacco Regulation: Forward to the Past. Il a par ailleurs signé une douzaine d’articles parus dans le National Post, publié un article dans The World & I, et fait la couverture de la revue The Next City, dans laquelle il a publié deux articles. Plus de 20 articles de M. Palda non liés à son travail pour l’Institut Fraser ont été publiés dans des revues économiques à comité de lecture, et il est très lu selon les statistiques recueillies par la base de données en ligne RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) d’articles en économie. Il est surtout connu pour avoir exposé l’intérêt des politiciens à élaborer des lois sur le financement électoral et découvert la perte de poids mort causée par l’évasion fiscale.

Recent Research by Filip Palda

— Jun 30, 2000
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Throughout North America, governments--federal, provincial, state, and local--have declared tobacco to be public health enemy Number 1. What should public policy be toward tobacco, a legal product that remains a habitual pleasure for one Canadian in four? To answer this question, The Fraser Institute invited leading scientists, public-policy experts, and journalists to meet in Ottawa on May 13, 1999 to debate the costs and benefits of tobacco regulation.

This seminal event produced several important critiques of past and present government policies towards both the companies that produce tobacco products and the consumers of these products. This publication is the first of a number of Public Policy Sources highlighting specific aspects of the debate over tobacco regulation.

— Dec 1, 1998
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The book explains that cities suffer from three problems: lack of user fees, too much public ownership of city services, and lack of city democracy. These problems combine to make the city an open field where citizens graze on services without restraint, public employees feed on taxpayers, and voters are powerless to change the city for the better.

— Jan 1, 1995
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Canadian surface transportation policy is moving in the right direction-but is it moving fast enough to allow domestic industries to compete with rival industries abroad? This book looks at rail, port, and urban transport policy and suggests that government must continue with its program of privatizing transportation services. Government must also restrain its urge to invest in risky, high-cost ventures such as high-speed trains.