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New Estimates of Real Income and Multifactor Productivity Growth for the Canadian Business Sector, 1961-2011

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  • W. Erwin Diewert

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  • Emily Yu

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Using new data from Statistics Canada, this article shows that the multifactor productivity (MFP) performance of the Canadian business sector has been reasonably satisfactory over the past half century. In particular, traditional gross income MFP growth averaged 1.03 per cent per year over the 1961-2011 period. This compares with the official Statistics Canada estimate of 0.28 per cent. The difference was mostly due to significantly higher capital input growth recorded by Statistics Canada. The study finds that quality adjusted labour input growth was the main driver of real income growth, followed by MFP growth, capital input growth, and finally by falling real import prices. The study encountered many data problems which should be addressed in future work on Canadian business sector productivity performance.

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  • W. Erwin Diewert & Emily Yu, 2012. "New Estimates of Real Income and Multifactor Productivity Growth for the Canadian Business Sector, 1961-2011," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 24, pages 27-48, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:24:y:2012:3
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    1. Alexander Murray, 2016. "Partial versus Total Factor Productivity: Assessing Resource Use in Natural Resource Industries in Canada," CSLS Research Reports 2016-20, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    2. Erwin Diewert, 2015. "Reconciling Gross Output TFP Growth with Value Added TFP Growth," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 29, pages 60-67, Fall.
    3. Matthew Calver and Alexander Murray, 2016. "Decomposing Multifactor Productivity Growth in Canada by Industry and Province, 1997-2014," CSLS Research Reports 2016-19, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    4. repec:bla:revinw:v:63:y:2017:i::p:s113-s133 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Peter S. Spiro, 2013. "A Sectoral Analysis of Ontario's Weak Productivity Growth," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 25, pages 20-35, Fall.
    6. repec:bla:revinw:v:63:y:2017:i::p:s134-s148 is not listed on IDEAS

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