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Beyond GDP: Measuring Economic Well-Being in Canada and the Provinces, 1981-2010

  • Lars Osberg


  • Andrew Sharpe


This report presents new estimates of the Index of Economic Well-being (IEWB) and its four domains (consumption flows, stocks of wealth, economic equality and economic security) for Canada and the provinces for the 1981-2010 period. It finds that the IEWB advanced at a 0.78 per cent average annual growth rate over the period, below the 1.32 per cent growth for GDP per capita. Both the consumption and wealth domains experienced solid advances over the period, but these developments were offset by declines in the equality and economic security domains. The recent recession caused a decline in the IEWB for Canada, driven by declines in wealth and economic security.

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Paper provided by Centre for the Study of Living Standards in its series CSLS Research Reports with number 2011-11.

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Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:sls:resrep:1111
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