Productivity growth and price trends in the North American sawmilling industries: an inter-regional comparison

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This paper applies nonparametric superlative index techniques to measure productivity growth in the sawmilling industries of the US and Canada. Six geographic regions are examined: British Columbia (Coast and Interior), Ontario, Quebec, US South, and US West. Over the long-term, labor has been the input that has experienced the highest growth in productivity: 3-4% per annum in the commodity-oriented regions. From 1980 to 1988 there have been significant differences in the annualized growth rates in total factor productivity across regions: US West (3.3%), BC Interior (2.7%), Quebec (1.9%), US South (1.4%), BC Coast (1.3%), and Ontario (1.1%). Growth in total factor productivity over the 24-yr period from 1965 to 1988 is relatively uniform across most regions (1.2% PA) . -from Authors

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Abt, RC; Brunet, J; Murray, BC; Roberts, DG

Published Date

  • January 1, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 139 - 148

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0045-5067

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1139/x94-019

Citation Source

  • Scopus