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Municipal finance & research reports

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Municipal finance reports


Municipal finance is concerned with the revenues and expenditures of municipalities. These reports address the fiscal imbalance problems facing municipalities in the background of cities’ ever increasing economic importance in today’s evolving federalism in Canada.

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Additional special research reports


These research reports are the results of academic exercises in addressing issues concerning municipal governments or Calgary’s regional economy.

Calgary's Economic Performance

Calgary's Economic Performance 2001-2015

Developing a Municipal Price Index

Developing a Municipal Price Index was originally published in the April 2010 edition of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)'s Government Finance Review. This article reviews some of the options available for creating a municipal price index, and for dealing with some of the problems inherent in developing a cost index.

Municipal Finance Simulation Model

The Municipal Finance Simulation Model (MFiSiM) is developed by Corporate Economics, to provide a tool to analyze the impacts of policy decisions and external shocks on The City's finances and service delivery.

Municipal Finance Simulation Model (MFiSiM)

How is MFiSiM used?

MFiSiM is an educational tool for a municipality facing change. In general, the model should be used in the municipality's decision making process to allow the analyst/decision-maker to examine various options facing the municipality.

MFiSiM analysis availability

Analysis using MFiSiM is available through Corporate Economics.

MFiSiM has been developed and extended on a previous version of modelling effort of "CIAM – Calgary Impact Assessment Model"

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Municipal Finance Simulation Model

A Municipal Fiscal Impact Model

Regional Economic Growth and Municipal Financial Planning paper submitted to the 2011 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society

Transit Fare Review

Importance of Public Transit in Canada and Calgary, and Who Should Pay

WinSport Economic Impact

Economic Impact of Winsport on the Calgary Economy

Economic Impact of Winsport on the Calgary Economy - Quick Facts

These archived periodical or specific reports provide historical information and a valuable review of Calgary’s economic and social issues at the time of writing.

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook

The Socio-Economic Outlook is no longer published.

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook Release Announcement

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook Volume 1: Executive Summary 2011-2021

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook Volume 2: Economic Outlook 2011-2021

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook Volume 3: Social Outlook 2011-2016

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook Volume 1: Executive Summary 2010-2020

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook Volume 2: Economic Outlook 2010-2020

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook Volume 1: Executive Summary 2009-2019

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook Volume 2: Economic Outlook 2009-2019

Calgary & Region Socio-Economic Outlook Volume 3: Social Outlook 2009-2019

Briefing Notes

Briefing Note 12: Housing Review 2003-2013

Briefing Note 11: Role of Small Businesses in Calgary: 1998-2011

Briefing Note 10: Calgary's Economic Performance 2001-2011

Briefing Note 9: Calgary Impact Assessment Model (CIAM): Two Simulations

Briefing Note 8: Parking Demand Elasticity in the CBD: An Analysis Comparing Calgary with 43 International Cities

Briefing Note 7: Calgary's Population

Briefing Note 6: Calgary Residential and Commercial Real Estate Markets

Briefing Note 5: Diesel Fuel Price Pass-Through in Calgary

Briefing Note 4: Calgary's Economic Performance: 1999-2009

Briefing Note 3: Economic Growth and What Governments Do To Manage It

Briefing Note 2: Changes in Migration: Economic and Municipal Implications

Briefing Note 1: Canadian Perspective on the Global Financial Crisis of 2008