Herbert Grubel

Professor Emeritus of Economics, Simon Fraser University

Herbert G. Grubel is a Senior Fellow at The Fraser Institute, and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Simon Fraser University. He has a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. He has taught full-time at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania; and has had temporary appointments at universities in Berlin, Singapore, Cape Town, Nairobi, Oxford, and Canberra. Herbert Grubel was the Reform Party Member of Parliament for Capliano-Howe Sound from 1993 to 1997, serving as the Finance Critic from 1995 to 1997. He has published 16 books and 180 professional articles in economics dealing with international trade and finance and a wide range of economic policy issues.

Recent Research by Herbert Grubel

— Jan 7, 2016
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Income Mobility: The Rich and Poor in Canada

Income Mobility, The Rich and Poor in Canada, finds that the notion that the rich are gaining at the expense of low income Canadians is false and contradicted by data on income mobility – the fact that people’s incomes change over time.

— Nov 10, 2015
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Immigration form

Immigration and the Welfare State Revisited finds that despite recent policy initiatives to improve the economic prospects of immigrants, Canadian taxpayers still bear a heavy fiscal burden to support newcomers. Specifically, the study calculates that the difference between the tax payments of new immigrants and the value of government services they consume was about $5,329 per immigrant in 2014.

— Apr 22, 2015
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Determinants of Economic Freedom

Determinants of Economic Freedom finds that the ongoing tug-of-war between political parties trying to “buy” votes with policies catering to special interest groups is a key factor that can affect determining a country’s level of economic freedom. This equilibrium can change when external shocks such as wars and revolutions, economic depressions or recessions prompt the public to gravitate to political parties promising change and dramatic new directions. If that results in governments dramatically expanding their role in the economy, economic freedom levels can fall.