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From Living Well to Working Well: Raising Canada's Performance in Non-residential Investment

Benjamin Dachis () and William Robson ()

No 137, e-briefs from C.D. Howe Institute

Abstract: Investment in plant and equipment per worker by Canadian businesses is picking up relative to counterparts elsewhere after years of underperformance. Canada’s relative improvement owes much to outperformance by resource-rich provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador being the most recent star, while Ontario continues to slip. Policies that increase competitive pressures to invest and remove biases against non-residential investment could boost capital spending by businesses and improve Canadian workers’ prospects for higher incomes in the future.

Keywords: Tools for Workers; Canada; non-residential investment; business investment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E22 E23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 8 pages
Date: 2012-08
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Published on the C.D. Howe Institute website, August 2012

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