THE TASK FORCE
Robert Gagné (chairman)
Robert Gagné, a graduate of the Université de Montréal in economics, is a professor at HEC Montréal and the director of the Institut d’économie appliquée. His research and teaching is focused on the fields of the theory of production, industrial organization, the economics of regulation, transportation economics and applied econometrics.
In recent years, Mr. Gagné has co-chaired the Advisory Committee on the Fiscal Imbalance and held the CN Chair in transportation economics and intermodality. In 2002, Mr. Gagné was appointed a regular member of the Centre interuniversitaire sur le risque, les politiques économiques et l’emploi (CIRPÉE) and, in 1999, a member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations (CIRANO). He has been particularly interested in researching issues relating to business productivity, resource optimization and the transportation sector.
Guy Lacroix (member)
Guy Lacroix is a professor at the Université Laval, where he obtained his doctorate in economics. He specializes in labour economics, applied econometrics and public policy assessment.
In recent years, Mr. Lacroix has been a guest speaker and professor at many universities in Europe and Africa. He has acted as an advisor to the Auditor General of Québec in assessing programs. He was named president of the Société canadienne de science économique for 2007-2008. Recently, Mr. Lacroix has published articles in scientific reviews dealing, among other things, with wage subsidies and the underground economy.
Luc Godbout (member)
Luc Godbout holds a doctorate from the Université Paul-Cézanne-Aix-Marseille III. He is currently an associate professor at the Université de Sherbrooke, where he specializes in taxation and public finance.
In recent years, Mr. Godbout has accepted a number of assignments for the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). He contributed to the work of the Commission on the Fiscal Imbalance. He is also a member of the Chaire de recherche en fiscalité et en finances publiques. Mr. Godbout recently studied the tax burden of corporations, the tax mix, taxation and the work incentive, the comparative tax effort in Canada, and equalization. He has also authored many texts on the fiscal imbalance. Most recently, his interest has been drawn to the impact of the aging of the population on Québec’s public finances.