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. 

"Blizzard Bags"
Make for a Smart Snow Day

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AIMS author Paul Bennett outlines a strategy for reducing the prevalence of snow days in Nova Scotia, which entails preparing out-of-school work plans for students to complete from home.  Click here to read this article!


As Golf Tourism Declines, PEI's Government Struggles to Make Par

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Globe and Mail columnist Jane Taber discusses a report released by AIMS and authored by its former Director of Research Ian Munro, which analyzes PEI's golf tourism strategy and argues that it did not make good use of taxpayer dollars: "The projections of revenue and growth were based on a foundation of bunker sand." Click here to read this article!


For the Love of Nova Scotia, 
Let's Focus on the Economy
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On February 11, 2015, AIMS hosted, "For the Love of Nova Scotia, Let's Focus on the Economy". A two-panel symposium with seven speakers focused on ways to benchmark economic success in Nova Scotia. A dinner with keynote speaker John Bragg followed the symposium. Click here to read highlights from the event!

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 author Paul Bennett outlines a strategy for reducing the prevalence of snow days in Nova Scotia, which entails preparing out-of-school work plans for students to complete from home.
Ian Munro, an independent economic and public policy analyst and AIMS author, discusses the results of his most recent study looking into PEI's golf tourism strategy: "After the turn of the millennium, the golf boom crashed, tourism traffic dropped and the provincially owned courses began to bleed red ink."
Ian Munro, an independent public policy analyst born on Prince Edward Island (PEI), argues in this paper that PEI's efforts to bolster tourism on the Island using the golf industry have largely failed. He insists that the government made “tactical errors” and that it “relied on simplistic projections, while failing to consider risks and alternative scenarios.”
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.
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