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Peter S. Spiro

Peter Spiro has been studying the tax system and its impacts on economic performance for more than thirty years, with a focus on evidence-based econometric analysis. He is one of Canada’s most widely quoted experts on tax evasion and the underground economy. He is both an economist and a lawyer, with degrees in economics from the University of Toronto and University of Chicago, and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He has numerous publications in professional journals on topics in both economics and law. An article he co-authored in the Canadian Tax Journal with J.R. Kesselman was awarded the Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award for “the best writing undertaken for the Canadian Tax Foundation in 2014-15.”

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February 8, 2017 | Peter S. Spiro

Tax Exemptions for Investment Income

Boon or Bane?

The Canadian tax system is riddled with tax exemptions and preferences for many different types of income and taxpayer characteristics. These allow people to pay lower rates of tax, or no tax at all, on some types of income. More
March 30, 2015 | Richard Carlson, Rob Dorling, Peter S. Spiro, Mike Moffatt

A Review of the Economic Impact of Energy East on Ontario

As part of its detailed review of the proposed Energy East pipeline project, the Ontario Energy Board asked the Mowat Centre to conduct an analysis of the economic impacts of Energy East on Ontario. More
June 25, 2014 | Rob Dorling, Reuven Shlozberg, Peter S. Spiro

Low Water Blues

An Economic Impact Assessment of Future Low Water Levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River
If future Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River water levels remain near the low end of the historic range for sustained periods, what could this mean for the enormous regional economy that depends on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River? More
April 9, 2013 | Peter S. Spiro

More Stability, Please

A New Policy Approach to Canada's Exchange Rate
In recent years, Canada’s exchange rate has been at historically high levels. There are differing views on the extent to which this high exchange rate, generated in part by a booming resource sector, has hurt other parts of the Canadian economy.  More