Ross McKitrick

Professor of Economics, University of Guelph

Ross R. McKitrick is a Professor of Economics and CBE Fellow in Sustainable Commerce at the University of Guelph where he specializes in environment, energy and climate policy, and a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute. He has published widely on the economics of pollution, climate change and public policy. His book Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2010.  His background in applied statistics has also led him to collaborative work across a wide range of topics in the physical sciences including paleoclimate reconstruction, malaria transmission, surface temperature measurement and climate model evaluation. Professor McKitrick has made many invited academic presentations around the world, and has testified before the US Congress and committees of the Canadian House of Commons and Senate.  He appears frequently in the media, and his research has been discussed in many prominent outlets including The New York Times, Nature, Science, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal.

Recent Research by Ross McKitrick

— Aug 22, 2019
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The Impact of the Federal Carbon Tax on the Competitiveness of Canadian Industries finds that the federal carbon tax will increase production costs in key sectors and could trigger a phenomenon known as “carbon leakage”—where firms relocate industrial activity (including petroleum and coal-product manufacturing) to countries with less-stringent climate policies.

— Jun 20, 2019
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Apples to Apples: Making Valid Cost-Benefit Comparisons in Climate Policy

Apples to Apples: Making Valid Cost-Benefit Comparisons in Climate Policy finds that cost-benefit analysis is a powerful tool for guiding climate policy, but easily falls prey to common errors. For example, comparing the cost of an additional climate policy in Canada to the benefits of stopping all climate change.

— Nov 27, 2018
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Evaluating the State of Fresh Water in Canada

Evaluating the State of Fresh Water in Canada finds that the quantity and quality of freshwater across the country is generally very good, with four out of five (82 per cent) of the country’s freshwater monitoring sites reporting fair to excellent quality between 2014 and 2016. Notably, Canada has the world’s third-largest renewable supply of freshwater and Canadians only consume a small fraction (about one per cent) of the freshwater available annually.