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A Portrait of the Productivity Performance of the Canadian Provinces, 1997-2007


  • Ricardo de Avillez


  • Chris Ross



This article, based on the CSLS Provincial Productivity Database, provides a portrait of the productivity performance of the ten Canadian provinces over the 1997-2007 period. Level and growth rate estimates of labour and multifactor productivity are presented and discussed, with an emphasis on the provinces’ market sector. Two-digit NAICS industry level estimates are also presented. Capital intensity and labour quality figures are also provided, and a standard growth accounting framework is used to determine the sources of labour productivity growth, as well as the sources of labour productivity level gaps between Canada and the provinces.

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  • Ricardo de Avillez & Chris Ross, 2011. "A Portrait of the Productivity Performance of the Canadian Provinces, 1997-2007," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 21, pages 48-69, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:21:y:2011:3

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    1. Statistics Canada, 2007. "User Guide for Statistics Canada's Annual Multifactor Productivity Program," The Canadian Productivity Review 2007014e, Statistics Canada, Economic Analysis Division.
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    1. Wulong Gu & Jiang Li, 2015. "Productivity in Residential Care Facilities in Canada, 1984-2009," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 29, pages 18-37, Fall.

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    productivity; capital intensity; labour quality; multifactor productivity; growth; Canada; province;

    JEL classification:

    • O51 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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