Productivity

Report for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute: Instead of succumbing to the “small is beautiful, big is ugly” narrative, Canada must recognize the critical role large businesses play in a growing, competitive economy with high productivity and wages.
Productivity
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November 22, 2021
Report for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute: Instead of succumbing to the “small is beautiful, big is ugly” narrative, Canada must recognize the critical role large businesses play in a growing, competitive economy with high productivity and wages.
November 22, 2021
Low-productivity firms that may find themselves lagging in today’s economy have the opportunity to catch up to frontier firms by increasing their investments in software to build a digital presence for consumers and to digitally streamline workplace operations.
November 1, 2021
If high-speed mobile broadband drives productivity in normal years, then the economic benefits of increasing speeds should be even more pronounced in today’s labor market where so many jobs and services have transitioned to some level of remote work.
October 27, 2021
Freight trains could be the next best thing in transportation given the truck driver shortages and efforts to cut carbon emissions.
October 25, 2021
Automation and process innovations are associated with the highest and most significant reductions in job insecurity among workers, whereas product innovations are far less relevant.
October 22, 2021
Let’s stop arguing that something is good because it creates jobs and bad because it destroys some jobs. What matters is the output.
October 18, 2021
The first industrial robots appeared in the early 1960s and were initially optimized for production lines.
October 12, 2021
Productivity growth is the most important factor in economic performance, yet economists and policymakers give it little attention. It is time to develop a national productivity strategy with sector-specific analyses and policies at its core.
October 11, 2021
Econometric research found that farmers with access to extension services, where agents visit farmers directly to share new information and technology, were over 18 percent more likely to adopt improved rice varieties than farmers lacking extension services.
October 4, 2021
Work associated with the digital economy may only concern a narrow industry, but the economywide accession of that industry’s innovations is far more valuable than just its output.

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