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Productivity Issues in Canada

1st Edition

Edited by Someshwar Rao, Andrew Sharpe


902 pages

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pub: 2019-10-31
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Originally published in 2002, Productivity Issues in Canada is the tenth title in the Investment in Canada Research Series, reissued in 2019. This volume examines productivity growth as the fundamental driver of improvements in real incomes and living standards. Productivity gains increase the economic pie, freeing additional resources that can be invested to meet the needs of the population in areas such as health care, education, the environment, public infrastructures and social security. This collection of research papers on productivity will help better understand the reasons for Canada's relatively weak productivity record and the nature of productivity growth in Canada. The book covers a wide range of topics - productivity trends and determinants; innovation and productivity; investment and productivity; global linkages and productivity; productivity in the new economy; and the social aspects of productivity.

Table of Contents



Introduction, Someshwar Rao & Andrew Sharpe

Part I: Productivity Trends and Determinants

1. Productivity Trends and Determinants In Canada, Erwin Diewert

2. A Comparison of Industrial Productivity Growth in Canada and the United States, Wulong Gu & Mun S. Ho

3. Productivity Levels and International Competitiveness Between Canada and the United States, Frank C. Lee & Jianmin Tang

4. The Canada-U.S. Productivity Growth Paradox, Serge Coulombe

5. The Role of Industrial Structure in Canada's Productivity Performance, Serge Nadeau & Someshwar Rao

6. Determinants of Canadian Productivity Growth: Issues and Prospects, Richard G. Harris#

Part II: Innovation and Productivity

7. A Tour of Innovation and Productivity: Measurement, Determinants and Policy, Jeffrey I. Bernstein

8. Is Canada Missing the "Technology Boat"? Evidence from Patent Data, Manuel Trajtenberg

9. Linkages Between Technological Change and Productivity Growth, Steven Globerman

10. The Importance of Innovation for Productivity, Someshwar Rao, Ashfaq Ahmad, William Horsman & Phaedra Kaptein-Russell

11. The Economic Determinants of Innovation, Randall Morck & Bernard Yeung

Part III: Investment and Productivity

12. Investment and Productivity Review of Recent Literature, Ronald M. Giammarino

13. Investment and Productivity Growth: A Survey from the Neoclassical and New Growth Perspectives, Kevin J. Stiroh

14. Does Under-Investment Contribute to the Canada-U.S. Productivity Gap?, Edgard R. Rodriguez & Timothy C. Sargent

Part IV: Global Linkages and Productivity

15. Foreign Investment, Trade and Industrial Performance: Review of Recent Literature, John Ries

16. A Time to Sow, a Time to Reap: The FTA and its Impact on Productivity and Employment, Gary Sawchuk & Daniel Trefler

17. Are Canadian-Controlled Manufacturing Firms Less Productive than their Foreign Controlled Counterparts?, Someshwar Rao & Jianmin Tang

Part V: Productivity in the New Economy

18. Productivity in the New Economy: Review of Recent Literature, D. Peter Dungan & Thomas A. Wilson

19. Electronic Commerce and Productivity Growth: Defining and Assessing The Linkages, Steven Globerman

20. The Location of Higher Value-Added Activities, Steven Globerman

21. Innovation in a Knowledge-Based Economy - The Role of Government, Ronald Hirshhorn, Serge Nadeau & Someshwar Rao

22. Trend Productivity and the New Economy, Andrew Sharpe & Leila Gharani

Part VI: Social Aspects of Productivity

23. Economic and Social Aspects of Productivity: Linkages and Policy Implications, Lars Osberg

24. Social Policy and Productivity Growth: What are the Linkages?, Richard G. Harris

25. The Contribution of Productivity to Economic Well-Being in Canada, Andrew Sharpe

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General