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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

— Mar 16, 2021
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Estimated Impacts of a $170 Carbon Tax in Canada finds that the federal government’s plan to impose a $170 per tonne carbon tax by 2030 will result in 184,377 fewer jobs nationwide and cause a 1.8 per cent drop in Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which in 2019 would represent a loss to the economy of about $38 billion.

— Feb 23, 2021
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2020

According to our Annual Survey of Mining Companies, which ranks 77 jurisdictions around the world based on their geologic attractiveness and government policies, Saskatchewan remains Canada’s most attractive jurisdiction (and 3rd worldwide) for mining investment followed by Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.

— Jan 14, 2021
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Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2020

The Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey finds that Oklahoma and Texas are considered far more attractive than Alberta for oil and gas investment. Specifically, investors pointed to the uncertainty concerning environmental regulations, the cost of regulatory compliance, and regulatory enforcement as major areas of concern in Canadian provinces compared to US states. The study also ranks 21 North American jurisdictions based on policies affecting oil and gas investment, and Saskatchewan (8th) was the only Canadian province to make the top ten. Oklahoma ranked 1st, Kansas ranked 2nd, and Texas ranked 3rd, while Alberta ranked 12th and British Columbia was 20th out of 21.