Trevor Tombe

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

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Why earnings in Alberta have been stagnant for years

What's behind our stagnant earnings? Will we return to pre-recession highs? And what can government do to help? Economist Trevor Tombe crunches the numbers.

Tombe: Neither the NDP nor the UCP offer the detailed fiscal plans Alberta needs

“Whatever the route forward, Alberta faces difficult choices ahead.” Economist Trevor Tombe looks at the different financial proposals in the provincial election.

Women led Alberta's economic recovery in 2018

Female employment in Alberta is rapidly rising, as are average earnings. And today, more Alberta women in their prime working years are participating in the labour market than ever before, writes Trevor Tombe.

Why producing less oil is likely to help Alberta — and Canada — earn more

"The government’s action is quick, simple, and likely to yield benefits," says economist Trevor Tombe on the possible outcome of production cuts.

If Albertans want to avoid fiscal disaster, the only choices left are difficult ones

"There are no simple solutions here. And shock therapy with massive immediate changes is not the way to go.” Economist Trevor Tombe on our immediate challenges.

It's time for an Olympic-sized financial reality check

"Our leaders should engage with citizens with full information about all aspects of this decision. They should trust Calgarians with more than spin." Economist Trevor Tombe analyzes the latest Olympic numbers.

Alberta's aging population is a fiscal time bomb

“Either we increase taxes, decrease spending, or some combination of the two,” says economist Trevor Tombe on Alberta’s financial time bomb.

What were they thinking? How the equalization debate ended before it even began

Economist Trevor Tombe looks at the equalization program, and what a formula freeze means to Alberta.

Buying up Trans Mountain isn't ideal, but it's the right call, right now

Temporary federal ownership IS a credible way to overcome the unique political and regulatory risks created by B.C.

Alberta's recession is over, and we'd best make peace with that

“The gap between perception and reality is understandable following such a deep recession,” says economist Trevor Tombe.

Insuring a pipeline: Kinder Morgan faces risks that only government can address

Trevor Tombe is a University of Calgary economist and a member of the Alberta Market Access Task force, which provides advice to government for promoting market access for the province’s oil and gas.

Alberta NDP 'blew it' on provincial budget, says economist Trevor Tombe

“They missed a big opportunity to reduce uncertainty, build trust, and — most important of all — show their prior commitments were genuine.” Economist Trevor Tombe looks at what wasn’t in Alberta’s most recent budget.

Why young men are being left out of Alberta's economic recovery

The recession may be over for most Albertans, but for young men between 16-24, it's worse than ever.

Alberta's economy is recovering, but there are tough choices ahead

The $9-billion deficit, while an improvement, is still 2.7 per cent of Alberta’s GDP — making it the largest deficit in Canada and the second largest in Alberta in 25 years, the largest being last year.

Pipelines and carbon taxes: We're thinking about them all wrong

“With barely 12 per cent of Canada’s population, Alberta emits nearly 40 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gases. Should we feel guilty for emitting so much? Is this evidence Alberta does less than other provinces? To both questions, the answer is no,” writes economist Trevor Tombe.