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Real GDP, Real GDI and Trading Gains: Canada, 1981-2005

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  • Ulrich Kohli
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    Real gross domestic product (GDP) fails to account for the trading gains and losses that result from changes in the terms of trade and in the real exchange rate (the price of tradables relative to the price of nontradables). Canada has enjoyed vast improvements in its terms of trade over recent years and there is a growing suspicion that real GDP has done an inadequate job at reflecting the resulting increases in real value added and real gross domestic income (GDI). Superlative measures of the terms of trade and real exchange rate effects confirm this view, with the trading gains adding up to 4.8 per cent of GDP between 2002 and 2005.

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    Article provided by Centre for the Study of Living Standards in its journal International Productivity Monitor.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2006)
    Issue (Month): (Fall)
    Pages: 46-56

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    Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:13:y:2006:4

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    Keywords: Real GDP; Trade; Real exchange rate; Real GDI; Measurement on GDP;

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    1. Burgess, David F., 1974. "Production theory and the derived demand for imports," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 4(2), pages 103-117, May.
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    1. Diewert, Erwin & Mizobuchi, Hideyuki, 2009. "An Economic Approach to the Measurement of Productivity Growth Using Differences Instead of Ratios," Economics working papers erwin_diewert-2009-2, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 09 Jan 2009.
    2. Diewert, Erwin, 2008. "Changes in the Terms of Trade and Canada's Productivity Performance," Economics working papers diewert-08-03-11-11-03-49, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 18 Jul 2008.
    3. W. Erwin Diewert & Emily Yu, 2012. "New Estimates of Real Income and Multifactor Productivity Growth for the Canadian Business Sector, 1961-2011," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 24, pages 27-48, Fall.
    4. Macdonald, Ryan, 2007. "Not Dutch Disease, It's China Syndrome," Insights on the Canadian Economy 2007017e, Statistics Canada, Economic Analysis.

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