Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports

Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security

February 2, 2016

Fitness tracking devices monitor heartbeats, measure steps, sleep, and tie into a larger ecosystem of goal setting, diet tracking, and other health activities. Every Step You Fake  investigates the privacy and security properties of eight popular wearable fitness tracking systems....

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Cost Overruns on Infrastructure Projects: Patterns, causes and cures

January 22, 2016

Authored by Matti Siemiatycki, associate professor in Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, the new IMFG report shows the causes of cost overruns are not merely technical. Instead, Siemiatycki argues, there are deep psychological and political economic factors that also contribute.

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Introduction to Richard G. Harris, Trade, Industrial Policy and International Competition

January 15, 2016

David A. Wolfe, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab, examines Richard Harris’ background study on trade and industrial policy. Read the full paper. 

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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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