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Explaining Slower Productivity Growth: The Role of Weak Demand Growth


  • Someshwar Rao


  • Jiang Li


Using panel data on Canadian industris and OECD countries, this article examines empirically the role of growth in domestic and external demand in labou productivity growth. The findings suggest that most of the post-2000 slowdown in business sector labour productivity growth was the result of weak demand growth, which impacts productivity directly by reducing economies of scale and scope and by affecting key productivity drivers such as investment and R&D. With an expected slowdown in both domestic demand growth in Canada and external demand growth for Canadian exports, the medium- to long-term outlook for productivity growth, and hence for real income growth of Canadians, is expected to be weak.

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  • Someshwar Rao & Jiang Li, 2013. "Explaining Slower Productivity Growth: The Role of Weak Demand Growth," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 26, pages 3-19, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:26:y:2013:1

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    1. Andrew Sharpe & Bert Waslander, 2014. "The Impact of the Oil Boom on Canada's Labour Productivity Performance," CSLS Research Reports 2014-05, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    2. Evan Capeluck, 2016. "A Comparison of Productivity Developments in Canada and Australia: Lessons for Canada," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 30, pages 43-63, Spring.
    3. Matthew Calver, 2015. "Closing the Aboriginal Education Gap in Canada: Assessing Progress and Estimating the Economic Benefits," CSLS Research Reports 2015-03, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    4. Andrew Sharpe & Bert Waslander, 2014. "The Impact of the Oil Boom on Canada's Labour Productivity Performance, 2000-2012," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 27, pages 40-63, Fall.

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