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Producing Hours Worked for the SNA in Order to Measure Productivity: The Canadian Experience

Girard, Andrée Maynard, Jean-Pierre Tanguay, Marc

The Canadian Productivity Review from Statistics Canada, Economic Analysis Division

Abstract: This paper provides a brief description of the methodology currently used to produce the annual volume of hours worked consistent with the System of National Accounts (SNA). These data are used for labour input in the annual and quarterly measures of labour productivity, as well as in the annual measures of multifactor productivity. For this purpose, hours worked are broken down by educational level and age group, so that changes in the composition of the labour force can be taken into account. They are also used to calculate hourly compensation and the unit labour cost and for simulations of the SNA Input-Output Model; as such, they are integrated as labour force inputs into most SNA satellite accounts (i.e., environment, tourism).

Keywords: Economic accounts; Labour; Input-output accounts; Hours of work and work arrangements; Productivity accounts (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-10-27
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