Sazid Hasan

Economist, Fraser Institute

Sazid Hasan is an economist at the Fraser Institute working on fiscal, health, and education policy. He received his M.A. in economics from Simon Fraser University. He also holds an M.S.S. and B.S.S. (honours), both in economics, from the University of Dhaka. He worked on his graduate project at the Research Data Centre of Statistics Canada, where he examined the impact of a tax credit on labour supply. He has presented his academic research at the annual conferences of Canadian Economics Association. His commentaries have appeared in the Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Sun, and La Presse.

Recent Research by Sazid Hasan

— Jun 27, 2017
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Where Our Students are Educated 2017

Where Our Students are Educated: Measuring Student Enrolment in Canada, 2017 finds that, as a share of all K-12 students, enrolment increased at independent schools in all provinces and decreased for public schools everywhere from 2000/01 to 2014/15. Across Canada, the share of students enrolled in independent schools in 2014/15 ranged from 12.9 per cent in B.C. to 0.8 per cent in New Brunswick.

— Jan 19, 2017
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Cost of Government Debt in Canada, 2017

The Cost of Government Debt in Canada, 2017 finds that paying the interest on all government debt in Canada cost taxpayers $62.8 billion last year, which translates into $1,752 for every Canadian or slightly more than $7,000 for a family of four. In fact, interest payments on just the federal debt—$24.9 billion—is roughly the same as the federal government’s projected deficit this year—$25.1 billion.

— Sep 20, 2016
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Independent Schools in British Columbia: Myths and Realities

Independent Schools in British Columbia: Myths and Realities finds that calls to eliminate funding for independent schools are based on misperceptions. In fact, more than 90 per cent of independent schools in B.C. are not elite preparatory institutions, and students in independent schools receive, on average, less than half the government funding per-pupil than students in public schools. Instead of taking away resources from public schools, cutting the partial funding independent schools receive could actually increase the financial strain on public schools and increase costs for B.C. taxpayers.