IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Structural Unemployment and Technical Change in Canada, 1990-1999

Listed author(s):
  • Timothy C. Sargent
Registered author(s):

    In this paper we examine the impact of technological change on unemployment and employment in Canada. We focus in particular on the argument that an increase in the pace of technological change has been responsible for Canada’s poor employment performance in the 1990s. We outline some economic models in which such a possibility could arise, and then examine a variety of labour market data for Canada to see whether the predictions from these models match the Canadian experience. We find that there is in fact little evidence that technological change had an important negative impact on overall unemployment and employment rates in Canada over the 1990s. Dans cet article nous examinons l’impact d’un changement technologique sur le chômage et les emplois au Canada. Une attention particulière est portée sur le raisonnement selon lequel une augmentation de la vitesse du changement technologique est responsable de la faible performance de l’emploi au Canada dans les années 90. Nous décrivons quelques modèles économiques dans lesquels une telle possibilité pourrait se produire et ensuite examinons différentes données sur l’emploi au Canada afin de déterminer si les prédictions de ces modèles donnent une bonne représentation de la situation au Canada. Nous trouvons peu d’évidences selon lesquelles le changement technologique a eu un impact négatif sur le chômage et l’emploi au Canada durant les années 90.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Paper provided by Department of Finance Canada in its series Working Papers-Department of Finance Canada with number 2001-03.

    in new window

    Date of creation:
    Handle: RePEc:fca:wpfnca:2001-03
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    140 O'Connor St., Ottawa, K1A 0G5

    Phone: 613-992-1573
    Web page:

    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:fca:wpfnca:2001-03. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Gustavo Durango)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.