Welcome to the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
AIMS is a Canadian non-profit, non-partisan think tank that provides a distinctive Atlantic Canadian perspective on economic, political, and social issues. The Institute sets the benchmark on public policy by drawing together the most innovative thinking available from some of the world's foremost experts and applying that thinking to the challenges facing Canadians. 

Muskrat Falls: Opportunities to Reduce Risk and Enhance Benefits


AIMS Senior Fellow in Electricity Policy Gordon Weil outlines the risks and benefits of Newfoundland and Labrador's Muskrat Falls project in Muskrat Falls: Opportunities to Reduce Risk and Enhance Benefits. We also invited Nalcor President and CEO Ed Martin to provide a response, which is featured in the paper, creating a public debate about Atlantic Canada's newest hydro project. Click here to read the commentary! 

Private School Parents Needn't Feel Guilty


AIMS Director of Research and Programmes Ben Eisen discusses the virtue of competition in the public education system, arguing that limiting private alternatives to government-run institutions reduces innovation. Click here to read his op-ed! 

AIMS on Campus 2014-15 Student Fellowship: APPLY NOW!


We are seeking post-secondary students in Atlantic Canada to submit an application for the 2014-15 AIMS on Campus Student Fellowship Programme, which begins in September 2014. Click here for more details! 

Unlocking the potential of the International Northeast Economic Region; it's not just about trade anymore.

Real Education Reform: AIMS is an independent voice on public education research and reform.

Whether it is electricity, or oil & gas, there is extensive research on energy policy.

AIMS groundbreaking work on equalization changed the way people in Canada think about regional economics.

Fisheries & Aquaculture
This research examines some of the latest policy issues facing the traditional fishery and the upstart aquaculture industry.

AIMS' extensive research on the most debated public policy issue in Canada.

History of Economic Thought
Think tanks help people see why some policy ideas are good and work, while others, no matter how good they may sound, don't and can't work.

AIMS extensive research on the demographic shift provides insight of the labour shortage and policy changes that can lift the burden for our aging population.

Municipal Tax Reform
AIMS research looking into municipal tax alternatives. 

Access to drugs, barriers to R&D, global trade impacts and much more in this research on the prescription drug industry.

Public Finances
From tax reform, to fiscal responsibility, to balanced budgets, AIMS kibrary examines the fiscal policies that can make a difference to your life.

Regional Development
AIMS built its strong reputation as a leading voice for the examination of the effects of government subsidies, regional development schemes and other disincentives to growth.

Regulatory Reform
Government regulation in the age of the Internet, globalization and consumer empowerment.

Security & Defence
AIMS research related to public policy on security and defence matters in today's post 9/11 world.

Social Programs
Showing the choices that can promote the greatest social and economic development for those at the bottom of the income scale as well as the economy as a whole.

Urban Affairs & Local Government
Transparency and accountability are just some of the topics caovered by AIMS in our research on municipal government.


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Latest Publications
AIMS Director of Research and Programmes Ben Eisen discusses the virtue of competition in the public education system, arguing that limiting private alternatives to government-run institutions reduces innovation.
AIMS Senior Fellow in Electricity Policy Gordon Weil outlines several opportunities to reduce risks and enhance the benefits of Newfoundland and Labrador's Muskrat Falls project. We also invited Ed Martin, the President and Chief Executive of Nalcor Energy, the project’s developer, to address the subjects covered in the paper.
AIMS Senior Fellow in Security and Defence Robert Murray argues that states like Syria, Russia, and Iran challenge President Obama's conception of international cooperation.
AIMS President and CEO Marco Navarro-Genie outlines the arguments against universities divesting from the oil and gas industry, arguing the nature of a veritable academic conversation, as are all conversations between engaged friends, is that it always remains open.
AIMS Senior Fellow in Electricity Policy Gordon Weil outlines the risks and benefits of Newfoundland and Labrador's Muskrat Falls project, arguing "its greatest value may be in the role it can play in tapping regional benefits for the province and in promoting a regional power management system that will ensure savings for customers and promote systems better able to keep the lights on."
AIMS contributor Rick August discusses the state of child welfare in Canada and outlines a number of ways to reform the system. He suggests embracing adoption, for instance, instead of relying on the foster care structure currently embraced by the federal government.
AIMS Senior Fellow in Healthcare Policy David Zitner discusses governance problems within Nova Scotia's healthcare system and suggests a number of solutions available for fixing them.
AIMS in the Media

July 2014

Energy Analyst Says Customers Bear Muskrat Falls Risk (CBC Labrador Morning)

Too Many Students Advanced Without Passing, Says Researcher (CBC Prince Edward Island)

Flight MH17 and the Conflict in Ukraine (630 CHED)

Honey, I Coddled the Kids (Telegram)

June 2014

Muskrat Falls and Atlantic Canada (Todd Veinotte Show)

Revamping Health Information in Nova Scotia (Todd Veinotte Show)

UNSM Must Find Way Out of Property Tax Box (Chronicle Herald)

Healthcare Needs High-tech Injection (Chronicle Herald)

Are Minimum Wages an Effective Anti-Poverty Tool? (CBC Maritime Noon)

Forgo Failed Education Fads (Chronicle Herald)

May 2014

Un Rapport Recommande de Fermer des Écoles et des Hôpitaux (Acadia Nouvelle)

Hospital Closures Cited in Debt Report as Ways to Save Money (CBC New Brunswick)

Ben Eisen on New Brunswick's Debt Load (CTV Atlantic)

Institute: Cut Hospitals, Merge Schools to Trim Debt (Telegraph Journal)

New Report Recommends Merging Schools, Hospitals As a Way to Combat Debt in New Brunswick (News 91.9)

Study Suggests NB Government Not Doing Enough to Reduce Debt (CTV Atlantic)

AIMS: Cut Spending (Telegraph Journal)

The Harper Government's Misguided Attempt at Foreign Policy (Troy Media)

New Brunswick Must Tackle Its Debt Problem (Telegraph Journal)

Income Inequality and Economic Growth (CJOB 680)

Focus on Income Inequality Misguided (Troy Media)

Minimum Wage Ineffective on Poverty (Regina Leader Post)

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    In Memory of Dr.              Robin F. Neill

Dr. Neill passed away at his summer home in Rocky Point on 29 June 2014. Click here to read more about his legacy to the academy and as the Chairman of the AIMS Board of Research Advisors. 

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