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. 


Taking Stock of Atlantic Canada's Electricity Sector

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AIMS Senior Fellow in Electricity Policy Gordon Weil surveys recent developments, reviews the status of the sector, and examines opportunities for further beneficial evolution in "Taking Stock of Atlantic Canada's Electricity Sector." He argues that major changes are coming in the Atlantic Canadian electricity sector and increased cooperation between the provinces can help ensure that customers enjoy the maximum possible benefits from these changes.  Click here to read the full piece!


Is the NSTU Digging In Against Standardized Tests?

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AIMS Research Fellow in Common Sense Education Michael Zwaagstra argues that students, teachers, and parents stand to lose if the province decides to turn away from standardized testing. Click here to read the full piece!


Nova Scotia Fracking Ban Hampers Innovation 

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AIMS President and CEO Marco Navarro-Genie discusses the ban on hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia and argues that it hampers innovation. Instead of outlawing the practice, the province should look into ways that would make it environmentally friendly. Click here to read the full piece!

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

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

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

Equalization
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.

Healthcare
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.

Labour
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. 

Pharmaceuticals
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 Fellow in Common Sense Education Michael Zwaagstra argues that standardized testing in Prince Edward Island has provided the provincial government with a more accurate understanding of academic achievement throughout the province.
AIMS Senior Fellow in Electricity Policy Gordon Weil surveys recent developments, reviews the status of the sector, and examines opportunities for further beneficial evolution in "Taking Stock of Atlantic Canada's Electricity Sector."
AIMS Research Fellow in Common Sense Education Michael Zwaagstra discusses a push in Nova Scotia to shun standardized testing and argues that students, teachers, and parents stand to lose if the province decides to support the motion.
AIMS President and CEO Marco Navarro-Genie discusses the ban on hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia and argues that it hampers innovation. Instead of outlawing the practice, he suggests looking into ways that would make it environmentally friendly.
AIMS Director of Research Ben Eisen and policy analyst Shaun Fantauzzo discuss the result of their latest study, "The Size and Cost of Atlantic Canada's Public Sector." Their data reveals the public sector in Atlantic Canada to exceed the national average on a number of metrics, which has a significant cost to taxpayers in the region.
AIMS Director of Research Ben Eisen and Policy Analyst Shaun Fantauzzo measure the size and cost of Atlantic Canada's public sector, confirming that it is unusually large compared to the national average. Their data reveals that spending in excess of the national average amounted to $1.89 billion in 2013.
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