Christopher A. Sarlo

Professor of Economics, Nipissing University

Christopher A. Sarlo is professor of economics at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, as well as a senior fellow with the Fraser Institute. He is the author of Poverty in Canada (Fraser Institute, 1992, 1996), Measuring Poverty in Canada (Fraser Institute, 2001, 2006), and What is Poverty? Providing Clarity for Canada (Fraser Institute, 2008).  Some of his recent publications include Understanding Wealth Inequality in Canada, Consumption Inequality in Canada: Is the Gap Growing?, Child Care in Canada: Examining the Status Quo in 2015, and Income Inequality Measurement Sensitivities. Professor Sarlo has published a number of articles and studies on poverty, inequality and economic issues relating to the family.

Recent Research by Christopher A. Sarlo

— Nov 30, 2017
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Towards a Better Understanding of Income Inequality in Canada

Towards a Better Understanding of Income Inequality in Canada is a new book that finds the problem of inequality isn’t nearly as bad in Canada as people are sometimes led to believe. Canadians are more able, thanks to opportunities of mobility, to get out of a low-income situation, middle-class incomes are not stagnating and most people can and do build-up wealth over the course of their lives.

— Apr 12, 2017
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Understanding Wealth Inequality in Canada

Understanding Wealth Inequality in Canada finds that up to 87 per cent of wealth inequality in Canada is a result of differences in peoples’ age, which is linked with someone’s ability to save (building up wealth) or the need to borrow. And the gap between the most well-off, in terms of wealth, and the least well-off has actually declined 17 per cent over the past 40 years.

— Sep 7, 2016
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Consumption Inequality in Canada: Is the Gap Growing

Consumption Inequality in Canada: Is the Gap Growing? spotlights differences in consumption and income inequality since the late 1960s. It finds that despite alarmist claims to the contrary, when measuring consumption, the inequality gap in Canadians’ living standards has increased a paltry 3.4 per cent over the past 40 years. In fact, when income inequality statistics are properly measured (i.e. after taxes and adjusted for household size) the study finds income inequality has increased modestly by 11.5 percent.