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Future Productivity Growth in Canada: Comparing to the United States

  • Tiff Macklem


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    In this second contribution to the Symposium included in this volume on Future Productivity in Canada, Tiff Macklem of the Bank of Canada compares sources of recent productivity growth in Canada and the United States. Macklem sees aggregate labour productivity growth in Canada advancing at around a 2 per cent average annual rate in the medium term. This view is based on the increased share of machinery and equipment investment in GDP, Canada's high degree of exposure to international trade and investment, the supportive macro-economic environment of low inflation and improved fiscal positions, increased spillovers from rapid and sustained U.S. productivity growth, and the significant gap between Canadian and U.S. productivity levels, which suggests potential for catch-up.

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

    Volume (Year): 7 (2003)
    Issue (Month): (Fall)
    Pages: 50-57

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    1. Dhaliwal, Naginder & Baldwin, John R., 2000. "Labour Productivity Differences Between Domestic and Foreign-controlled Establishments in the Canadian Manufacturing Sector," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2000118e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
    2. Gu, Wulong & Baldwin, John R., 2003. "Participation in Export Markets and Productivity Performance in Canadian Manufacturing," Economic Analysis (EA) Research Paper Series 2003011e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
    3. Baldwin, John R. & Harchaoui, Tarek, 2002. "Productivity Growth in Canada," Productivity Growth in Canada, Statistics Canada, Economic Analysis, number stcb6e, December.
    4. Sabourin, David & Baldwin, John R., 1999. "Technology Adoption: A Comparison Between Canada and the United States," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 1998119e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
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