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Elmira Aliakbari

Associate Director, Natural Resource Studies, Fraser Institute

Elmira Aliakbari is Associate Director of Natural Resource Studies at the Fraser Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Guelph in 2016 and her B.S. in Economics and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Tehran in Iran (2003 and 2007).  She has studied public policy involving energy and environment for nearly 7 years. Prior to joining the Fraser Institute Ms. Aliakbari was Director of Research, Energy, Ecology and Prosperity with the Frontier Center for Public Policy.  Her commentaries have appeared in major Canadian newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, Financial Post and Edmonton Journal.

Recent Research by Elmira Aliakbari

— May 8, 2018
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The Cost of Pipeline Constraints in Canada

The Cost of Pipeline Constraints in Canada finds that this year, the Canadian energy sector will lose $15.8 billion in foregone revenues as a result of a shortage of pipeline capacity in Canada, which drives down the price of Canadian oil because of an overdependence on the U.S. market and an increased reliance on oil-by-rail—a more costly (and less safe) mode of transport.

— Apr 19, 2018
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Environmental Ranking for Canada and the OECD finds that Canada is a world leader in environmental performance and ranks in the top ten among the world’s wealthiest, cleanest and most developed countries on a wide range of environmental indicators.

— Apr 12, 2018
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Understanding the Changes in Ontario's Electricity Markets and Their Effects

Understanding Changes in Ontario’s Electricity Markets and Their Effects finds that poor energy policy choices—including Ontario’s Green Energy Act—has increased electricity prices for residents, cost tens of thousands of manufacturing workers their jobs and produced only minimal health and environmental benefits.