pcross9662Philip Cross is a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Prior to joining MLI, Mr. Cross spent 36 years at Statistics Canada specializing in macroeconomics. He was appointed Chief Economic Analyst in 2008 and was responsible for ensuring quality and coherency of all major economic statistics. During his career, he also wrote the "Current Economic Conditions" section of the Canadian Economic Observer, which provides Statistics Canada's view of the economy. He is a frequent commentator on the economy and interpreter of Statistics Canada reports for the media and general public. He is also a member of the CD Howe Business Cycle  Committee.

Philip Cross' work for MLI


The Truth About the Unemployment Rate: Why we put too much faith in one measure of the economy and how to better understand what labour statistics are telling us, by Philip Cross, July 27, 2018

Producing Black Gold Understanding the Oil Sands as Part of Manufacturing in Canada, by Philip Cross, Sept. 28, 2017

The Limits of Economic “Stimulus” How monetary and fiscal policy have sown the seeds of the next crisis, Philip Cross, Nov. 30, 2016

The Limits of Economic “Stimulus”: How monetary and fiscal policy have sown the seeds of the next crisis, by Philip Cross, Nov. 30, 2016   

A Sickness in the System: How public sector use of sick leave benefits really compares to the private sector, by Philip Cross, Nov. 27, 2015

Serving Up The Reality On Youth Unemployment: How rising unemployment among teens has skewed public perceptions about young people and work, by Philip Cross, Oct. 22, 2015

Unearthing the Full Economic Impact of Canada’s Natural Resources: What are they? How important are they?, by Philip Cross, May 29, 2015

Giving and Taking Away: How taxes and transfers address inequality in Canada, by Philip Cross, Apr. 16, 2015

Estimating the True Size of Government: Adjusting for regulation, by Philip Cross, May 29, 2014

Six Myths Surrounding the Development of Canada's Natural Resources, by Philip Cross, May 8, 2013

Dutch Disease, Canadian Cure: How manufacturers adapted to the high dollar, by Philip Cross, January 16, 2013


A Counterproductive Outcome: Income Growth Slows Following Minimum Wage Hikes, by Philip Cross, October 19, 2018

FROM A MANDATE FOR CHANGE TO A PLAN TO GOVERN: Helping Canadians Achieve a Secure Retirement, Philip Cross and Sean Speer, Jan. 13, 2015

Not as Rich as You Think: Federal finances and the fiscal dividend, by Philip Cross, Oct. 8, 2014

Extracting the most value from Canada's petroleum, by Philip Cross, Oct. 3, 2013