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The Distributional Impacts of an Energy Boom in Western Canada

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  • Marchand, Joseph

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    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

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In the energy-rich region of Western Canada, inequality rose over the past two decades, while poverty declined, begging the question of whether the recent energy boom was a contributing factor. This study uses measures of inequality and poverty across local labor markets that vary in energy extraction intensity to identify the distributional impacts. The evidence shows that, overall, the boom increased inequality and decreased poverty. There are, however, a few notable cases where these relationships are reversed. The significance and relative magnitude of growth across and between distributional segments were consistent with these findings.

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Paper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2013-13.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 29 Nov 2013
Date of revision: 30 May 2014
Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2013_013

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Keywords: distribution; energy boom; inequality; local labor markets; poverty;

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