Trevor Tombe

Trevor Tombe is a professor of economics at the University of Calgary and a research fellow at the School of Public Policy.

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Alberta's bumpy ride only gets bumpier with Danielle Smith's budget

The big surge in Alberta budget spending is paid for with an incredibly unreliable source: non-renewable resource revenues. This is neither disciplined nor particularly responsible.

Inflation's bite is big. Alberta's capacity to help is bigger

If the government shared some of that windfall, high inflation would not only be more manageable, but also more equitable.

Why you should care about the Alberta budget, even if you don't live there

The rapid turnaround in Alberta’s fiscal fortunes — easily the largest in the province's history — obviously matters for Albertans, but Canadians everywhere should also care, writes economist Trevor Tombe.

What's behind Alberta's startling reversal of fortune? Hint: It's oil prices

Despite the rhetoric around diversification and prudent fiscal planning, Alberta remains firmly on the resource revenue roller-coaster (wheee!) with no clear plan (or even a sketch of one) to get off, writes economist Trevor Tombe.

High oil prices a potential boon for beleaguered Alberta

High oil prices means more than a smaller deficit, says economist Trevor Tombe. Higher oil prices may generate higher rates of economic growth — which means higher incomes and more jobs for Albertans.

Alberta's economic recovery lags behind the rest of Canada, but there is room for optimism

Oil and gas is a key reason for Alberta's lagging recovery, according to economist Trevor Tombe. Total compensation in the mining and oil and gas extraction sector is over $85 million lower in March 2021 than it was that same month a year earlier.

How Alberta can benefit from a provincial carbon tax

Whether you like the carbon tax or not, the revenues could provide Alberta with the fiscal room to cut other taxes, save resource revenues and help rebuild provincial finances after COVID-19, says economist Trevor Tombe.

Budget 2021: A missed opportunity (again)

Instead of starting the long process of building a more resilient budget, the government opted to gamble on oil — as Alberta’s governments typically do, says economist Trevor Tombe.

OPINION | Alberta, get ready for higher taxes

Albertans are about to pay higher taxes, says economist Trevor Tombe. And yes, that could include a PST and a provincial carbon tax.

OPINION | In 2020, Alberta joins the 'have nots'

A long-time staple of Alberta political culture is no more. At least for now. For the first time in 55 years, Alberta will receive more money from Ottawa than its taxpayers pay out. And COVID is to blame.