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Has Trend Productivity Growth Increased in Canada?

  • Benoît Robidoux


  • Bing-Sun Wong

Trend productivity growth is a crucial determinant of future living standards as well as fiscal balances. In this article, Benoit Robidoux and Bing-Sun Wong from Finance Canada examine the issue of whether trend productivity growth has increased in Canada and conclude that in fact it has. If correct, this is indeed a very positive development for Canadians. They point out that business sector output per hour growth in Canada accelerated 0.9 percentage points from 1.1 per cent per year in the 1988-1996 period to 2.0 per cent in 1996-2001, virtually the same acceleration as in the United States. The authors find that Canada experienced a greater pick-up in total factor productivity growth than the United States. Increased production and use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) accounted for more of the U.S. productivity growth acceleration.

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Article provided by Centre for the Study of Living Standards in its journal International Productivity Monitor.

Volume (Year): 6 (2003)
Issue (Month): (Spring)
Pages: 47-55

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Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:6:y:2003:4
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