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New Evidence of Convergence Across Canadian Provinces: The Role of Urbanization

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  • Serge Coulombe

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COULOMBE S. (2000) New evidence of convergence across Canadian provinces: the role of urbanization, Reg. Studies 34, 713-725. This paper uses the conditional convergence model for explaining the relative evolution of per capita income across the 10 provinces of the Canadian federation between 1950 and 1996. Provincial relative per capita income steady states are determined by the relative rates of urbanization. Empirical results indicate that the provinces have converged at a speed of about 5% per year and, since the mid-1980s, most provinces appeared to be in the neighbourhood of their respective steady state. The analysis also indicates that for the provinces of Alberta and Quebec, the convergence process was disturbed in the 1970s by different permanent level shocks to their long - run steady states. COULOMBE S. (2000) De nouvelles preuves de la convergence des provinces au Canada: le role de l'urbanisation, Reg. Studies 34, 713-725. Employant le modele de convergence conditionnelle, cet article cherche a expliquer l'evolution relative du revenu par tete a travers les dix provinces au Canada entre 1950 et 1996. A partir des taux d'urbanisation relatifs, on determine l'etat stationnaire du revenu relatif provincial par tete. Les resultats empiriques laissent voir la convergence des provinces a raison de 5 pour cent par an et demontrent que, depuis le milieu des annees 1980, la plupart des provinces sont voisines de leur etat stationnaire. Quant a l'Alberta et au Quebec, l'analyse montre aussi que le processus de convergence a ete perturbe dans les annees 70 suite aux divers chocs permanents a leur etat stationnaire normal a long terme. COULOMBE S. (2000) Neue Anzeichen der Konvergenz in allen kanadischen Provinzen: die Rolle der Verstadterung, Reg. Studies 34, 713-725. Der vorliegende Aufsatz bedient sich des bedingten Konvergenzmodells zur Erklarung der relativen Entwicklung des pro-Kopf Einkommes in allen zehn Provinzen der kanadischen Foderation im Zeitraum 1950-1996. Dauerzustande provinzieller, relativer pro-Kopf Einkommen werden durch die relativen Raten der Verstadterung bestimmt. Empirische Ergebnisse lassen erkennen, dass die Provinzen sich einander mit einer Geschwindigkeit von etwa 5% per Jahr nahern, und die meisten seit Mitte der achtziger Jahre nicht weit von ihrem respektiven Dauerzustand entfernt waren. Die Analyse lasst auch erkennen, dass in den siebziger Jahren der Annaherungsprozess in den Provinzen Alberta and Quebec verschiedene, ihre langfristigen Dauerzustande treffende, auf gleicher Hohe anhaltende Schlage erlitt.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2000)
Issue (Month): 8 ()
Pages: 713-725

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Keywords: Convergence; Urbanization; Regional Growth; Canadian Regions; Neo-CLASSICAL Growth Model;

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