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Elmira Aliakbari

Director, Natural Resource Studies, Fraser Institute

Elmira Aliakbari is Director of the Centre for Natural Resource Studies at the Fraser Institute. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Guelph, and M.A. and B.S. degrees in Economics, both from the University of Tehran in Iran. She has studied public policy involving energy and the environment for nearly eight years. Prior to joining the Fraser Institute, Ms. Aliakbari was Director of Research, Energy, Ecology and Prosperity with the Frontier Center for Public Policy. She has presented her work at many academic conferences and has been published in the prestigious academic journal Energy Economics. Ms. Aliakbari’s research has been discussed in prominent media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, and her commentaries have appeared in major Canadian and American newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, Washington Times, National Post, and Financial Post.

Recent Research by Elmira Aliakbari

— May 14, 2024
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2023

Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2023, ranks 86 jurisdictions around the world based on their geologic attractiveness (minerals and metals) and government policies that encourage or discourage exploration and investment, finding that Utah is the top-ranked jurisdiction worldwide for mining investment, followed by Nevada, then Saskatchewan.

— Mar 28, 2024
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Can the Carbon Tax Be Reformed or Not?

As the federal carbon tax continues to rise, two new essays— Reforming the Federal Government's Carbon Tax Plan and Carbon Tax Is Beyond Redemption—make two opposing arguments, to retain the tax (after fixing it) and to scrap it.

— Jan 9, 2024
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Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2023

Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2023 is an annual survey that finds this year, out of the 17 energy jurisdictions included in the survey, Wyoming ranked 1st followed by North Dakota (2nd), Saskatchewan (3rd)—Canada’s highest-ranked province— Oklahoma (4th), and Kansas (5th), with Alberta in the 9th position, while British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador are among the least attractive jurisdictions, ranking 14th and 15th, respectively.