Livio Di Matteo

Professor of Economics, Lakehead University

Prof. Livio Di Matteo, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, is a Professor of Economics at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he specializes in public policy, health economics, public finance, and economic history. His recent research has focused on health care spending and its sustainability.

Di Matteo is a member of the CIHI National Health Expenditure Advisory Panel, the Evidence Network (, and is a contributor to the economics blog Worthwhile Canadian Initiative.

He has been listed in Canadian Who's Who since 1995 and holds a PhD from McMaster University, an MA from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA from Lakehead University.

Recent Research by Livio Di Matteo

— Apr 7, 2016
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Comparing Recent Economic Performance in Canada and the United States

The resilience of the Canadian economy during the global recession, and its strong performance post-recession, was largely rooted in the resource-intensive provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia. Now, with the fall in commodity prices and the ensuing economic slowdown in those provinces, Comparing Recent Economic Performance in Canada and the United States: A Provincial and State-Level Analysis, outlines the weaknesses of provinces east of Manitoba—including Ontario—and the pro-growth policies necessary for governments across Canada.

— Jun 25, 2015
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An Analysis of Public and Private Sector Employment Trends in Canada, 1990 - 2013

An Analysis of Public and Private Sector Employment Trends in Canada, finds that the public sector in Canada (including federal, provincial and local government employees) is growing and reaching proportions not seen since the early 1990s—an era marked by large government deficits and high debt.

— Sep 22, 2014
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Police and Crime Rates in Canada

Canadian cities such as Winnipeg and Windsor, Ont., burden taxpayers with overstaffed police departments, finds a new study by Livio Di Matteo. The study, Police and Crime Rates in Canada, analyzes policing levels, local crime rates and other socio-economic factors (i.e. median family income, unemployment rates, youth populations) using StatsCan data over a 10-year period to calculate the optimal number of police officers in Canada’s metropolitan areas. The actual number of police officers is compared to the optimal number in each metropolitan area.