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The Distributional Impacts of an Energy Boom in Western Canada

  • Marchand, Joseph

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    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

In the energy-rich provinces of Western Canada, inequality rose over the past two decades while poverty declined, begging the question of whether the recent energy boom was a contributing factor. This study uses local labor market variation in energy extraction intensity to identify these distributional impacts. The growth in local outcomes attributable to the boom is found to be U-shaped and significant across all distributional segments, leading to somewhat increased local inequality aggregates and reduced local poverty. This pattern is preserved but varies across sectors, driving a large local inequality increase in energy extraction, with smaller rises and reductions in other industries.

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Paper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2013-13.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 29 Nov 2013
Date of revision: 30 May 2014
Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2013_013
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