Nathaniel Li

Economist

Nathaniel Li is an Economist at the Fraser Institute. He holds a B.A. from the Fudan University in China and a Ph.D. in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Guelph. Prior to joining the Fraser Institute, he worked for the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow and the University of Guelph as a research associate. His past research work has been published in many high-quality, peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Agricultural EconomicsPreventive Medicine, and Canadian Public Policy. His current research covers a wide range of issues in fiscal, education, and labour-market policies.

Recent Research by Nathaniel Li

— Jun 15, 2022
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This year, Tax Freedom Day is Wednesday, June 15. If you had to pay all your federal, provincial and municipal taxes up front, you would give government every dollar you earned from January 1st to Tax Freedom Day, when Canadians finally start working for themselves. In 2022, the average Canadian family (with two or more people) will pay 45.2 per cent of its annual income in taxes, including income taxes, payroll taxes, health taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, fuel taxes, carbon taxes and more.

— Apr 6, 2022
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No Free Lunch for the 99 Percent: Estimating Revenue Effects from Taxes on Top Earners

No Free Lunch for the 99 Percent: Estimating Revenue Effects from Taxes on Top Earners finds that if the federal government, which plans to table its next budget this week, wants to fund a major expansion of government, it simply can’t raise enough tax revenue solely from Canada’s upper-income families.

— Mar 24, 2022
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High Tax Rates on Top Earners in Atlantic Canada and Quebec

High Tax Rates on Top Earners in Atlantic Canada and Quebec is a new study that finds Atlantic Canada and Quebec have some of the highest personal income tax rates nationwide on individuals and households that earn $100,000 or more a year, but also have the lowest percentages of tax filers with over $100,000 of income. By comparison, Ontario and western Canadian provinces have lower tax rates on high-income earners, and also a higher share of tax filers that earn more than $100,000 annually.