Joel Emes

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Joel Emes is President of Abacus Economics and a Fraser Institute Senior Fellow who rejoined the Institute after a stint as a senior advisor to British Columbia’s provincial government. He previously served as a senior analyst, then as acting executive director, at the BC Progress Board. Prior to that, Joel was a senior research economist at the Fraser Institute where he initiated and led several flagship projects in the areas of tax freedom and government performance, spending, debt, and unfunded liabilities. Joel holds a B.A. and an M.A. in economics from  Simon Fraser University.

Recent Research by Joel Emes

— Mar 15, 2020
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Report Card on Ontario's Elementary Schools 2020

The Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools ranks more than 3,000 anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools (and a small number of independent schools) based on nine academic indicators from results of annual provincewide reading, writing and math tests.

— Dec 12, 2019
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Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada: 2020 Edition

Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada, 2020 Edition finds that nominal spending on public schools across Canada has increased in every province in recent years. After adjusting for inflation and enrolment changes, per-student spending still increased in seven out of 10 provinces from 2012/13 to 2016/17, the most recent year of available Statistics Canada data.

— Aug 29, 2019
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Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States: 2019

Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States, 2019 finds that over the past three years all 10 Canadian provinces have underperformed compared to most U.S. states on key labour indicators including private-sector job growth and employment rates.