links for 2011-07-29

  • This paper asks whether the gap in labour productivity between Canada and the United States is attributable in part to the performance of smaller Canadian producers of a particular type. It does so by removing the unincorporated self employed from the estimates of labour productivity in both countries so as to compare only the productivity of larger businesses…

    …The productivity of the unincorporated sector relative to the corporate sector is much lower in Canada than in the United States. As a result, when the unincorporated sector is removed from the estimates for the business sector of each country and only the corporate sectors for the two countries are compared, differences between Canada and the United States are much lower.