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Slower Economic Growth and Subjective Well-Being in the Canadian Context: A Discussion Paper

Mike Pennock ()

No 2016-09, CSLS Research Reports from Centre for the Study of Living Standards

Abstract: Most mainstream forecasts for national economies expect that mature nations such as Canada will experience a few decades of slower economic growth, relative to past rates. This was reflected in the recent long-term forecast for the Canadian economy by the Centre for the Study of Living Standards. This transition is due to underlying demographic factors which are slowing labour force growth as well as slower rates of labour force productivity. Although there is a consensus among forecasters about the inevitability of slower growth there is less consensus about the magnitude of the change. This model suggests that countries such as Canada could enter into a prolonged period of slower growth without pronounced negative consequences for population well-being if other contributors to well-being are both protected and mobilized to offset the impacts of slower income growth. The most serious threat to wellbeing that is associated with the slow-growth scenario is an expected increase in income inequality and household debt. Canada may be particularly vulnerable to these effects because it is entering a slow growth era with relatively high levels of inequality and household debt, relative to most other mature nations.

Keywords: Economic Growth; National Income; Household Income; Economic Development; Well-Being; Prosperity; Social Progress; Canada; Income Distribution; Income Inequality; Income Growth; Household Debt; Unemployment; Government Expenditures; 2008 Recession (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 O10 O15 O16 N32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-07
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