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Technological choices and regulation: the case of the Canadian manufacturing sectors

Pierre Ouellette and Stéphane Vigeant ()

Canadian Journal of Economics, 2003, vol. 36, issue 1, 88-125

Abstract: The economic environment in which Canadian manufacturing firms operate has changed substantially over the last 40 years. Technological changes, new regulations, deregulation, and exogenous economic shocks all have been important aspects of this economic environment. In this article, we show how to include such changes in the economic environment faced by the firms in a behavioural model that includes the investment decision of the firm under uncertainty. Assumptions regarding the expectation formation process and technology are kept minimal. We estimate the effects of innovations such as the free trade agreement, the foreign investment review agency, and the federal environmental policy on the economic decisions of fifteen Canadian manufacturing sectors.

JEL-codes: D24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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