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

— Jan 20, 2022
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Measuring the Impact of Federal Personal Income Tax Changes on Middle Income Canadian Families since 2015

Measuring the Impact of Federal Personal Income Tax Changes on Middle Income Canadian Families since 2015 finds that contrary to rhetoric from Ottawa, 86 per cent of middle-class families experienced an increase in their federal personal income tax burden of $800 annually (on average) since 2015.

— Jan 18, 2022
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The Misery Index Returns

The Misery Index Returns is a new study that finds of the International Monetary Fund’s 35 most advanced economies, Canada has the 6th worst Misery Index score due to the country’s higher inflation rate coupled with higher unemployment.

— Dec 7, 2021
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Generosity in Canada: The 2021 Generosity Index

Generosity in Canada: The 2021 Generosity Index finds that the total amount donated to registered charities by Canadians in 2019—just 0.53 per cent of their income—is the second lowest amount since at least 2000. Moreover, the number of Canadians donating to charity—as a percentage of all tax filers—is at the lowest point in the past 20 years.