Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports


Reassessing Tax and Development Research: A New Dataset, New Findings, and Lessons for Research

December 22, 2015

This paper, written by Wilson Pritchard, introduces the new Government Revenue Dataset from the International Centre for Tax and Development, which provides a more reliable, transparent, and comprehensive basis for cross-national research.

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Current State of the Financial Technology Innovation Ecosystem in the Toronto Region

November 5, 2015

Professors Dan Breznitz and David A. Wolfe, co-directors of the Innovation Policy Lab, with support from Assistant Professor Shiri Breznitz, have released a report on the region’s financial services technology (“Fintech”) sector and its impact on the region’s future economic success.

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Driving Changes: Automated Vehicles in Toronto

October 15, 2015

This report, written by David Ticoll, was commissioned by City of Toronto Transportation Services Division as part of a broader project under the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI). The report’s purpose is to equip City of Toronto decision...

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Keeping Up In an Era of Global Specialization: Semi-Public Goods and the Competitiveness of Integrated Manufacturing Districts

October 1, 2015

With the spread of globalization and internationally fragmented production, many scholars have declared the demise of the old Marshallian industrial districts. This chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness argues that spatial agglomeration of activities across all stages of production and...

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Achieving universal health coverage

September 15, 2015

Joseph Wong, interim director of the Asian Institute, has written a paper for the World Health Organization (WHO) on some of the challenges and solutions to achieving universal health coverage.

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The Political Economy of Property Tax Reform in Africa: Elites, Political Competition and Tax Bargaining in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

May 28, 2015

This article, co-authored by Wilson Prichard, offers new insights into the political dynamics of property tax reform through a case study of Sierra Leone, focusing on variation in experiences and outcomes across the country’s four largest city councils.

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Common Cause: Building Flexibility into the Columbia River Treaty

October 21, 2014

We live in a time of constant and rapid change − change that affects our economy, our society, and our environment. So it is perhaps not surprising that as governments and communities consider the future of the Columbia River Treaty, a central question becomes “How can we build in the capacity to adapt to future change in the Basin?” This bulletin from the Program on Water Issues addresses this important question

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Mostly): IMFG Pre-Election Paper

September 30, 2014

Political change is coming to many of Ontario’s big cities. This IMFG paper profiles the election campaigns of six of Ontario’s biggest cities; Hamilton, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor, and reflects on the unique conditions of each city, as well as what voters should be considering as they head to the ballot box.

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Governance and Finance of Metropolitan Areas in Federal Systems

May 21, 2014

IMFG Director Enid Slack and Rupak Chattopadhyay, President and CEO of the Forum of Federations, have edited a new book entitled Governance and Finance of Metropolitan Areas in Federal Systems (Oxford University Press, 2013). They will be making a presentation on May 23rd, which will compare the findings on the governance and finance of eighteen metropolitan areas in federal systems around the world, and identify some of the issues that will need to be resolved if these areas are to thrive in the future. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the presentation.

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Why Canadian Cities Need More Fiscal Autonomy

May 21, 2014

Public Sector Digest – Intelligence for the Public Sector has published an article in the Spring 2014 issue on economics and finance written by IMFG Director Enid Slack, entitled “Why Canadian Cities Need More Fiscal Autonomy.”

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