Livio Di Matteo

Professor of Economics, Lakehead University

Livio Di Matteo is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute and Professor of Economics at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he specializes in public policy, health economics, public finance, and economic history. His recent work examines health-care spending and its sustainability. As well, he conducts research on the historical evolution of economic inequality.  Di Matteo is a member of the CIHI National Health Expenditure Advisory Panel, the Evidence Network (, and is a contributor to the economics blog, Worthwhile Canadian Initiative.  He has been listed in Canadian Who’s Who since 1995 and holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University, an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A. from Lakehead University.

Recent Research by Livio Di Matteo

— Jul 18, 2017
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Household Debt and Government Debt in Canada

Household Debt and Government Debt in Canada finds that, although household debt in Canada increased to more than $2 trillion in 2016—up from $357 billion in 1990—Canadian household assets (real estate, pensions, financial investments and equity in businesses, for example) also increased in value over the same time period to $12.3 trillion last year. But whereas recent increases in Canadian household debt have been accompanied by increases in net worth, the same cannot be said about government debt.

— Feb 7, 2017
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A Federal Fiscal History: Canada, 1867-2017

A Federal Fiscal History: Canada, 1867-2017 tracks government spending and revenues from Confederation to the present and finds that, excluding wartime and recessions, the only time the federal government kicked off a deficit-spending spree and expanded the size and role of the federal government was in the mid-1960s and 1970s under prime ministers Lester Pearson and then Pierre Trudeau.

— Apr 7, 2016
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Comparing Recent Economic Performance in Canada and the United States

The resilience of the Canadian economy during the global recession, and its strong performance post-recession, was largely rooted in the resource-intensive provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia. Now, with the fall in commodity prices and the ensuing economic slowdown in those provinces, Comparing Recent Economic Performance in Canada and the United States: A Provincial and State-Level Analysis, outlines the weaknesses of provinces east of Manitoba—including Ontario—and the pro-growth policies necessary for governments across Canada.