Productivity Trends in the Construction Sector in Canada: A Case of Lagging Technical Progress
AbstractThe productivity performance of the construction sector in Canada over the last quarter century has been dismal, with output per hour lower in 2000 than in 1977. In this article Andrew Sharpe from the Centre for the Study of Living Standards examines productivity trends in this sector and discusses possible factors behind this situation. He notes that two drivers of productivity growth, capital per worker and the skills level of the workforce as represented by educational attainment, have improved markedly in the construction sector in recent years. He explains the stagnation of labour productivity growth despite these favourable trends by a lack of technical progress in the construction sector and, to a lesser extent, measurement problems which underestimate productivity growth.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Centre for the Study of Living Standards in its journal International Productivity Monitor.
Volume (Year): 3 (2001)
Issue (Month): (Fall)
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- C80 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - General
- D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- L74 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Construction
- O14 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
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