International Productivity Monitor

Covers the importance of productivity for improving living standards and quality of life, productivity issues, trends and developments in Canada and other countries and serves as a vehicle for the international discussion of productivity topics.

Articles from No. 18, Spring

Bridging Canadian Technology SMEs over the Valley of Death
THE STUDY Innovation and Business Strategy: Why Canada Falls Short produced by an expert panel under the auspices of the Council of Canadian Academies is a well-researched and well-presented report on innovation in the Canadian private sector. The...
Editor's Overview
THIS 18TH ISSUE OF THE International Productivity Monitor published by the Centre for the Study of Living Standards contains seven articles. Topics covered are the relationship between education, productivity and economic growth, new estimates of multifactor...
Education, Productivity and Economic Growth: A Selective Review of the Evidence
FROM THE 1960S TO THE 1980S, economic growth was a relatively neglected topic in macroeconomics. (2) Macro textbooks and courses devoted little attention to the study of long-run growth, and focused mostly on business cycles, unemployment and inflation....
Innovation and Business Strategy: Why Canada Falls Short
INNOVATION--NEW OR BETTER ways of doing valued things--is the creative capacity to transform the imagined into the real. Innovation matters for businesses because novel products and more efficient processes are the principal means of making businesses...
Is Canada Really All That Bad at Innovation?: A Tale of Two Industries
THE COUNCIL OF CANADIAN ACADEMIES (CCA) is rendering an invaluable service to the Canadian public. Over a very short period, the CCA has produced several of the most penetrating and useful analyses of the state of Canadian research and innovation to...
New Estimates of Multifactor Productivity Growth for the Canadian Provinces
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS ARTICLE is to present new estimates of multifactor productivity (MFP) or total factor productivity (2) for the Canadian provinces. In contrast to previous estimates of MFP (e.g. CSLS, 2008), these estimates for the first time...
Some Reflections on the Expert Panel Report on Business Innovation in Canada
IN 2007, THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA requested the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to canvas the innovation performance of Canadian business, and in particular to shed light on Canada's relatively weak investment among OECD countries in innovation...
The UNIDO World Productivity Database: An Overview
THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE is to describe a new, unique database--the World Productivity Database (WPD)--which contains information on aggregate productivity performance, level and growth for up to 112 countries from 1960 to 2000. In addition, forecasts...