Balancing Act: Gradually Reducing The Size and Cost of Manitoba’s Public Sector – August 30, 2011
Ben Eisen and Jonathan Wensveen examine the cost of Manitoba’s relatively large public sector. By taking into account projected population growth, they argue that Manitoba can significantly reduce the size of its public sector in the medium-term without resorting to drastic cuts, by either freezing or making small, gradual reductions to government employment over the next decade.
Stealth Equalization – November 15, 2010
Federal government employment is distributed unevenly across Canada. These jobs are found in high concentration in four out of the five major recipients of equalization – Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Such uneven distribution amounts to a hidden form of wealth transfer worth more than $2 billion.
Punishing Productivity – April 7, 2010
A new Frontier study finds that unlike in Canada, equalization in Australia at least takes into account the cost of delivering services in each jurisdiction.
The Real Have-Nots In Confederation: British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario – February 24, 2010
British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario—the traditional “have” provinces—have fewer services than recipient "have-not" provinces.
A Thread Down a Football Field – December 17, 2007
An analysis of why the west side transmission line in Manitoba is sub-optimal environmental and energy policy.
The Flypaper Effect – July 23, 2006
This paper jointly published by Halifax's Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Frontier Centre demonstrates that equalization subsidies simply inflate the size of the recipient province's public sectors, more government personnel with higher salaries, at the cost of more effective public services.
Do We Over-Equalize? – July 22, 2006
Making the case for a needs-based approach to equalization to prevent over subsidizing recipient provinces in the goal of providing "reasonable" levels of public services.