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The Effect of Adjustment Costs and Organizational Change on Productivity in Canada: Evidence from Aggregate Data

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  • Danny Leung

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Danny Leung of the Bank of Canada provides support for the hypothesis that organizational change is a necessary condition for the full realization of the productivity gains associated with ICT. Using aggegate data, the author finds econometric evidence that the impact of computer investment is not fully realized until three years after the initial investment. Firms appear to need a learning period during which they make the necessary adjustments to their organizational structures in order to benefit from the productivity-augmenting potential of ICT. One implication of this analysis is that despite the current lull in investment, productivity growth in Canada should continue to remain fairly robust as firms continue to integrate new technologies into their production processes.

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

Volume (Year): 9 (2004)
Issue (Month): (Fall)
Pages: 52-61

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Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:9:y:2004:5

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Keywords: Organizational Change; Productivity; Productivity Growth; Multifactor Productivity; Information Technology; Information and Communication Technologies; ICT; Investment; New Technology;

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  1. Danny Leung & Yi Zheng, 2008. "What Affects MFP in the Long-Run? Evidence from Canadian Industries," Working Papers 08-4, Bank of Canada.
  2. Jean-Francois Arsenault & Andrew Sharpe, 2008. "An Analysis of the Causes of Weak Labour Productivity Growth in Canada since 2000," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 16, pages 14-39, Spring.
  3. Jason Allen & Walter Engert & Ying Liu, 2006. "Are Canadian Banks Efficient? A Canada--U.S. Comparison," Working Papers 06-33, Bank of Canada.
  4. Dirk Pilat, 2005. "Canada's Productivity Performance in International Perspective," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 10, pages 24-44, Spring.
  5. Richard Dion & Robert Fay, 2008. "Understanding Productivity: A Review of Recent Technical Research," Discussion Papers 08-3, Bank of Canada.
  6. Petr Hanel, 2007. "Productivity and innovation: an overview of the issues," Cahiers de recherche 07-22, Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke.
  7. Someshwar Rao & Andrew Sharpe & Jeremy Smith, 2005. "An Analysis of the Labour Productivity Growth Slowdown in Canada since 2000," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 10, pages 3-23, Spring.
  8. M. Ayhan Kose & Roberto Cardarelli, 2004. "Economic Integration, Business Cycle, and Productivity in North America," IMF Working Papers 04/138, International Monetary Fund.

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