Simon Lapointe




I am an Economist in Ottawa, Canada. Previously, I worked as a Senior Researcher at the VATT Institute for Economic Research in Helsinki, Finland. I completed my PhD in Economics in 2016 jointly at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and the University of Avignon in France. My dissertation is available here. Before that, I received a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BScSoc in Economics from the University of Ottawa.

Work in Progress

Are Majorities Always More Cooperative than Minorities? A Multi-level Public Goods Experiment in Switzerland
with Tjasa Bjedov, Thierry Madies, and David Masclet

Effects of Healthcare District Secessions on Costs, Productivity and Quality of Services
with Mika Kortelainen, Kalevi Luoma, and Antti Moisio

How do Pensions Affect Politicians’ Motivations? Evidence from Canada
with Mickael Melki

Publications and Working Papers

The Impact of Transport Infrastructure on Productivity in Canada
CSLS Research Report 2022-02
with Paskynel Jacques-Arvisais

Impact of the Model Schools Literacy Project on Literacy and Fiscal Outcomes in First Nations in Canada
CSLS Research Report 2021-01

Productivity of Unionized and Non-Unionized Workers in the Construction Sector: A Review of the Literature
CSLS Research Report 2020-01

Household Incomes in Canada and the United States: Who is Better Off?
CSLS Research Report 2019-01
Press Coverage: Bloomberg, Toronto Star, RDI, Globe and Mail, Globe and Mail (2), The Economist

Subsidy Bidding Wars and the Structure of Multi-Plant Firms
VATT Working Papers 115
with Pierre-Henri Morand

Inefficiencies in the Financing of Finnish County Governments: Lessons from the Literature on Fiscal Federalism
Background Report for the Finnish Economic Policy Council (January 2019)
VATT Research Report 188
with Mika Kortelainen
Press coverage: 1 2 3

Does Market Size Matter for Charities?
Journal of Public Economics, vol. 168, pp. 127-145
with Carlo Perroni, Kimberley Scharf, and Janne Tukiainen
[Working Paper]

Does Decentralization of Decisions Increase the Stability of Large Groups?
Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 681-716
with Tjasa Bjedov, Thierry Madies, and Marie-Claire Villeval
[Working Paper]

“Love Thy Neighbour”? Linguistic Differences and Votes for Municipal Secessions in Canada
Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol. 70, pp. 229-245, 2018
[Working Paper]

Effects of Municipal Mergers on Voter Turnout
Local Government Studies, 44:4, pp. 512-530, 2018
with Tuukka Saarimaa and Janne Tukiainen
[Working Paper]
Press coverage: YLE (in Finnish)

The Impact of Within-Party and Between-Party Ideological Dispersion on Fiscal Outcomes: Evidence from Swiss Cantonal Parliaments
Public Choice, vol. 161, issue 1-2, October 2014
with Tjasa Bjedov and Thierry Madies
[Working Paper]

The Labour Market and Economic Performance of Canada’s First Nations Reserves: The Effect of Educational Attainment and Remoteness
CSLS Research Report (July 2011)
with Andrew Sharpe

The Effect of Increasing Aboriginal Educational Attainment on the Labour Force, Output and the Fiscal Balance
CSLS Research Report (May 2009)
with Andrew Sharpe, Jean-François Arsenault and Fraser Cowan

Apprenticeship Issues and Challenges Facing Canadian Manufacturing Industries
CSLS Research Report (February 2008)
with Andrew Sharpe and Jean-François Arsenault

The Potential Contribution of Aboriginal Canadians to Labour Force, Employment, Productivity and Output Growth in Canada, 2001–2017
CSLS Research Report (November 2007)
with Andrew Sharpe and Jean-François Arsenault