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This research area concerns public institutions and rules governing decision-making in government or in government-supported organisations, affecting economic outcomes. It covers, for example, the role and governance of charities, federalism and urban governance issues, and questions of accountability and transparency in government.

Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of Federal Tax Concessions
February 16, 2017 - William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin
More than $16 billion of annual “tax expenditures” never show up on the federal government’s books, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of...
Two Sets of Books at City Hall? Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Cities
November 24, 2016 - William B.P. Robson, Benjamin Dachis and Jennifer Y. Tsao
Annual budgets in most of Canada’s major cities are a mess – excluding key activities, using inconsistent accounting, burying crucial numbers where only experts can find them, and often voted well...
Thinking Regionally: How to Improve Service Delivery in Canada’s Cities
October 12, 2016 - Zachary Spicer and Adam Found
For cities across Canada, amalgamation has produced few economies of scale and greatly undermined local autonomy, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Thinking Regionally: How...
Worse Than It Looks: The True Burden and Risks of Federal Employee Pension Plans
Ottawa’s unfunded liabilities for employee pensions stood at $269 billion at the end of the 2015 fiscal year, far larger than reported, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute study. In “Worse Than It...
Controlling the Public Purse: The Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments, 2016
April 11, 2016 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson
Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments have cumulatively spent $69 billion more than budgeted over the past 15 years, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Controlling...
Building Better Budgets: Canada’s Cities Should Clean Up their Financial Reporting
November 18, 2015 - Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson
No major city in Canada offers a clear and transparent budget presentation, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Building Better Budgets: Canada’s Cities Should Clean Up their...
Philip Cross - Policymakers Need Not be Passive Victims of Economic Data Revisions
Intelligence Memos
From: Philip Cross To: Concerned Canadians Date: October 20, 2017 Re: Policymakers Need Not be Passive Victims of Economic Data Revisions Policymakers need not be the passive victims of revisions to...
Paul Thomas - Modernizing the Governance Framework for Statistics Canada
Intelligence Memos
From:  Paul Thomas To:  Concerned Canadians Date:  October 13, 2017 Re: Modernizing the Governance Framework for Statistics Canada In many countries, national statistical agencies face political...
Wyonch, Robson & Laurin - Why the Small Business Deduction Should be a Young Business Deduction
Intelligence Memos
From: Rosalie Wyonch, Bill Robson, and Alex Laurin To: The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance Date: February 28, 2017 Re: Why the Small Business Deduction Should be a Young Business...
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  • Inside Access: Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
Conference Call with Bill Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
24 Nov 2016
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  • Inside Access: Grading the Financial Reports of Canada's Cities
Call with Bill Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute and Ben Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, November 24, 2016, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
13 Oct 2016
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  • Inside Access Call: How to Improve Service Delivery in Canada's Cities by Thinking Regionally
Zachary Spicer, Assistant Professor, Brock University
Conference Call
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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