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From Living Well to Working Well: Raising Canada's Performance in Non-residential Investment

  • Benjamin Dachis

    (C.D. Howe Institute)

  • William B.P. Robson

    (C.D. Howe Institute)

Investment in plant and equipment per worker by Canadian businesses is picking up relative to counterparts elsewhere after years of underperformance. Canada’s relative improvement owes much to outperformance by resource-rich provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador being the most recent star, while Ontario continues to slip. Policies that increase competitive pressures to invest and remove biases against non-residential investment could boost capital spending by businesses and improve Canadian workers’ prospects for higher incomes in the future.

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Paper provided by C.D. Howe Institute in its series e-briefs with number 137.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2012
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Publication status: Published on the C.D. Howe Institute website, August 2012
Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:137
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  1. Robin Banerjee & William B.P. Robson, 2007. "Give Canadian Workers the Tools to do the Job! Why Canada Needs More Robust Capital Investment," e-briefs 44, C.D. Howe Institute.
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