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. 

For the Love of Nova Scotia, Let's Focus on the Economy: The Ivany Report One Year Later!

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Last February the One Nova Scotia Report called for immediate action on shaping our provinces economy. The report called on all Nova Scotians, but its entrepreneurs in particular, to take the lead in transforming Nova Scotia. In keeping with the call to immediate action, we would like to invite all Nova Scotia’s decision-makers, policy-makers, the business community and economic experts to join AIMS in exploring the economic implications of the One Nova Scotia findings as a way to map the path forward. Click here for more information!

No-zero Policies Just as Misguided as Ever6747554

AIMS Fellow in Education Policy Michael Zwaagstra discusses "no-zero" policies and how they affect education outcomes in Newfoundland and Labrador in his latest opinion piece published in the Telegram: "No-zero policies are just as misguided now as they were four years ago. It's time to end this province's failed experiment with them." Click here to read the paper!

Education on Wheels: Seizing Cost and Energy Efficiency Opportunities 
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A new AIMS research report, "Education on Wheels," shows that student transportation costs are rising steadily across Maritime Canada, even as student enrolment declines, and that provincial governments in the region are missing opportunities to achieve cost and energy efficiencies. The authors, Paul Bennett and Derek Gillis, demonstrate that high spending on managing the school bus fleet absorbs scarce resources that would be better spent in the region's classrooms. Click here to read the paper!

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
Paul Bennett and Derek Gillis, authors of the newly released AIMS policy study "Education on Wheels," discuss the findings of that paper in an opinion piece published by the Telegraph Journal.
AIMS Fellow in Education Policy Michael Zwaagstra discusses the ineffectiveness of no-zero policies in Newfoundland and Labrador's education system in this opinion piece published by the Telegram.
AIMS research fellow Jeff Collins outlines the argument in favor of reviving and revising the Canada First Defense Strategy in this commentary published by the C2C Journal.
Paul Bennett of Schoolhouse Consulting and Derek Gillis, an independent research consultant, argue that public transportation costs are too high in the Atlantic region and outline the many ways in which provincial governments can reduce them.
AIMS research associate Jeff Collins and Director of Research Ben Eisen discuss the flaws of "free tuition" and argue that there is little evidence to support calls for it.
AIMS Director of Research Ben Eisen and Fraser Institute Senior Fellow Mark Milke discuss their new paper "Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Equalization Policy Crutch" and argue that evidence from across North America indicates that natural resource development is an important driver of economic growth.
AIMS Senior Fellow Robert Roach discusses how Alberta can diversify its economy: "Diversification works best when it arises from the grassroots of the economy where market forces are harnessed rather than repressed. But for it to really take off over the long-term, it needs to be supported by an education and business development infrastructure that unleashes the inherent creativity and entrepreneurialism of Albertans.