Public policy studies are the stock-in-trade of the Institute. Our studies are academically-rigorous examinations of important policy questions in Atlantic Canada, covering our wide range of research interests and receiving many awards for their scholarship and impact. All research papers meet academic standards for peer review and advance the public policy discussion in the region. Find below an archive of our policy studies.

Platform for New Brunswick: Public Policies for Growth and Prosperity

Platform for New Brunswick: Public Policies for Growth and Prosperity raises discussion of public policy reform. Author Marco Navarro-Génie, President of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, makes the case for more disciplined fiscal stewardship, better use of market mechanisms in health care, developing New Brunswick’s energy resources, and evidence-based education policy. New Brunswick will hold its 39th general election on Sept. 24, 2018. The policy discussions that accompany the campaign are of vital importance to New Brunswick, given its financial difficulties and slow economic growth. The Institute submits this platform as a point of discussion for New Brunswick media and ...
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An Untapped Potential for Educational Diversity

An Untapped Potential for Educational Diversity by Paige MacPherson is the latest study published by AIMS, demonstrating how a review of research on charter schools and the provincial education systems in Eastern Canada shows that such schools offer great potential to widen educational options to students of all income levels, and may be exceptionally valuable for engaging disadvantaged students in classroom learning. The study also acknowledges that paradoxically, charter school reform in the region could not be introduced without some political resistance. Charter schools function as autonomous, government-funded, non-profit schools that charge no tuition, each offering a unique educational approach and ...
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Canada Should Fix Equalization and Other Regional Subsidies Now

Canada Should Fix Equalization and Other Regional Subsidies Now, the latest study by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, demonstrates how equalization is unfair, diminishes productivity, holds back economic development, and lacks accountability and transparency. Originally designed to transfer resources to provide for a comparable level of services across provinces, the program has become problematic and, in many instances, counterproductive. The biggest problem is that the federal government has no public measurement and no evaluation to determine if the program meets its objectives. The federal government can modernize federal transfers to provinces without ...
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High Homeowner Property Taxes in Atlantic Canada

High Homeowner Property Taxes in Atlantic Canada, the latest study from the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, found that of the four Atlantic provinces, the rate increased significantly faster in New Brunswick when measured against increases in the Consumer Price Index. Residents of New Brunswick are also paying more of their household expenses for property tax than the Canadian average, although they pay less tax than the average Canadian. Co-authored by AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie, Senior Research Fellow Ed Hollett, William Brooke, and AIMS author David Murrell this study undertook a review of property taxes in the wake of an ...
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Responsible Conservation Meets Sound Economic Development: Mining and Energy

MEDIA Radio Clip: Responsible Conservation AND Sound Economic Development? Nova Scotia leads the country in preserving natural habitat for future generations with more land in parks and protected areas than any other province or territory. The challenge in finding the balance between responsible conservation and sound economic development could mean keeping more of our children working at home. Thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars annually are at stake in mining, a traditional industry throughout the province. A viable solution would be to allow swaps of land in protected areas that currently overlap potential mining sites for land ...
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