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The Distributional Impacts of an Energy Boom in Western Canada

Joseph Marchand ()

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Abstract: In the energy-rich region 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 measures of inequality and poverty across local labor markets that vary in energy extraction intensity to identify these distributional impacts. The evidence shows that, overall, the boom increased inequality and decreased poverty. There are, however, a few notable cases where these relationships are reversed. The significance and relative magnitude of growth across and between distributional segments were consistent with these findings.

Keywords: distribution; energy boom; inequality; local labor markets; poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 Q33 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-lma and nep-ure
Date: 2014-06-16, Revised 2014-06-16
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