Canada's Potential Growth : Another Victim of the Crisis?

Author/Editor:

Marcello M. Estevão ; Evridiki Tsounta

Publication Date:

January 1, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This study investigates the impact of the current financial crisis on Canada's potential GDP growth. Using a simple accounting framework to decompose trend GDP growth into changes in capital, labor services and total factor productivity, we find a sizeable drop in Canadian potential growth in the short term. The estimated decline of about 1 percentage point originates from a sharply decelerating capital stock accumulation (as investment has dropped steeply) and a rising long-term unemployment rate (which would raise equilibrium unemployment rates). However, over the medium term, we expect Canada's potential GDP growth to gradually rise to around 2 percent, below the pre-crisis growth rate, mostly reflecting the effects of population aging and a secular decline in average working hours.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/13

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451962048/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010013

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

29

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