Fred McMahon
Fred McMahon is the Vice President International Policy Research and the Director of the Centre for Trade and Globalization Studies at The Fraser Institute. He manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and examines global issues, such as development, trade, governance, and economic structure. The Centre coordinates the Economic Freedom Network, an international alliance of independent think tanks in nearly 70 nations. As well, the centre publishes The Fraser Institute's Annual Survey of Mining Companies. McMahon is the author of numerous research articles and several books including Looking the Gift Horse in the Mouth: The Impact of Federal Transfers on Atlantic Canada , which won the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for advancing public policy debate, Road to Growth: How Lagging Economies Become Prosperous , and Retreat from Growth: Atlantic Canada and the Negative Sum Economy . He has written for numerous publications including the European Journal of Political Economy, the SAIS Journal (School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University), The Wall Street Journal, Policy Options, The National Post, Time (Canada), The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, and most other major Canadian newspapers. Research articles he has recently authored or co-authored include: "Economic Freedom of North America", "Quebec Prosperity: Taking the Next Step", "The Unseen Wall: The Fraser Institute''s Annual Trade Survey", and "Economic Freedom of the Arab World" . He has a MA in Economics from McGill University, Montreal

Entries by Fred McMahon

Tunisia's Democratic Success Has Not Lifted Its Economic Malaise

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 11:38 AM

Stunning developments in Tunisia just might enable it to continue as the only successful graduate of the Arab Spring and a beacon of hope across the Arab World. While other Arab nations descended into violence or reverted to dictatorship, often worse than what had gone before, Tunisia transitioned from dictatorship...

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Lack Of Economic Vision Threatens Stability In Tunisia

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 9:35 AM

Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet, a coalition of four civil society groups, richly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for shepherding Tunisia through turbulent times. However, the Norwegian Nobel committee, in awarding the prize, side-stepped the deep causes of the Arab Spring and missed the gravest threat to...

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Continued Cronyism Is the Arab Spring's Worst Enemy

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:36 PM

With violence flaring in the Middle East, the Arab Spring seems like a distant wilted dream. Yet, some green shoots have sprouted.

The violence that spun out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria (and has metastasized...

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How to Stop "Illegal" Immigrants from Central America

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:52 PM

The presidents of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador just visited U.S. President Barack Obama to urge him to change course in combatting the flood of illegal immigrants into the United States. The three heads of state recommend the American president focus on fighting violent gangs in Central...

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China National Oil Company Takeover of Nexen Will Be Costly for Canada

(9) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 4:47 PM

The proposed sale of Nexen Inc. to China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) is no doubt being applauded by some as potentially opening the doors to Asian oil and gas markets and providing an assured source of capital for resource development. On the other hand, some regard it as yet...

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