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Capital Needed: Canada Needs More Robust Business Investment


  • Benjamin Dachis

    (C.D. Howe Institute)

  • William B.P. Robson

    (C.D. Howe Institute)

  • Nicholas Chesterley

    (C.D. Howe Institute)


Canada’s performance in business investment per worker relative to its peers is sliding, led by dismal performances in Quebec and Ontario, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Capital Needed: Canada Needs More Robust Business Investment,” authors Benjamin Dachis, William B.P. Robson and Nicholas Chesterley find that Canada, after several years of improved performance, is equipping its workers less well than countries like Australia and the US.

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  • Benjamin Dachis & William B.P. Robson & Nicholas Chesterley, 2014. "Capital Needed: Canada Needs More Robust Business Investment," e-briefs 179, C.D. Howe Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:179

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    Economic Growth and Innovation;

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    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment

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