Prosperity and Productivity: A Canada-Australia Comparison
Tarek M. Harchaoui
Statistics Canada - Microeconomic Analysis Division
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Government of Canada - Analytical Studies Branch
December 3, 2003
Statistics Canada Research Paper No. 018
This study compares Canada’s economic performance to Australia. The comparison is performed in terms of: a) living standards and its proximate sources of growth-labour productivity and labour utilization (or hours worked per person) and b) the underlying sources of labour productivity growth. There are marked differences in the structures of the labour market between the two countries, reflected by a more rapid growth in hours at work and labour utilization rate in Canada. However, this rapid growth in hours at work has muted Canada’s labour productivity growth, which increased less rapidly than its Australian counterpart.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: productivity, labour market, standards of living
JEL Classification: D24, J24, O47working papers series
Date posted: August 5, 2009
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