Structural Unemployment and Technological Change in Canada, 1990-1999
In this paper we examine the impact of technological change on unemployment and employment in Canada. We focus in particular on the argument that an increase in the pace of technological change has been responsible for Canada's poor employment performance in the 1990s. We outline some economic models in which such a possibility could arise, and then examine a variety of labour market data for Canada to see whether the predictions from these models match the Canadian experience. We find that there is in fact little evidence that technological change had an important negative impact on overall unemployment and employment rates in Canada over the 1990s.
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Volume (Year): 26 (2000)
Issue (Month): s1 (July)
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