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A Regional Perspective on the Canada-US Standard of Living Comparisons


  • Raynald Létourneau


  • Martine Lajoie


This article by Raynauld Letourneau and Martine Lajoie of Industry Canada provides a detailed regional analysis of levels of living standards, measured as output per capita, and productivity (output per worker) for the 1995-97 period, the most recent data currently available. They find that all regions and provinces of Canada trail the U.S. average in both living standards and productivity and that the productivity gap is the main factor behind the living standard gap.

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  • Raynald Létourneau & Martine Lajoie, 2000. "A Regional Perspective on the Canada-US Standard of Living Comparisons," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 1, pages 9-16, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:1:y:2000:3

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    Regional Analysis; Living Standards; Productivity; Post-1995; Canada; United States; Productivity Gap; Province; State; Regional; Comparison; Labor Productivity; Employment; Data Sources; Income;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O51 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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