Launching of the fifth edition of Productivity and Prosperity in Quebec


Continuing a tradition started in 2009, the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity has just released the fifth edition of its annual Overview!

In this new edition, you will find an in-depth examination of trends in public spending in Quebec. And since a welfare state must necessarily rely on taxation, this year’s edition of the Overview also contains a detailed analysis of the extent of the tax burden in Quebec and the economic impact of the tax tools used by the government. 

To complete this portrait of spending, the third section of the report presents a comparative analysis of investment, another essential aspect of the economy. Lastly, the study addresses a question close to many Quebeckers’ hearts: Can Quebec be both prosperous and egalitarian?

For more details, download the fifth edition of the 2013 Overview of Productivity and Prosperity in Quebec.

The CPP launches its Quebec municipalities rankings


In the lead-up to the municipal elections across the province on November 3, the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity (CPP) has just released its Annual Quebec municipalities rankings. “We want to offer all Quebeckers a tool that not only tells them how much the services provided by their municipality cost, but also allows them to compare such spending with that of other similar-sized municipalities,” explains Robert Gagné, Director of the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity.


Quebec has always had a productivity gap


Quebec’s productivity problems are nothing new. A study released today by the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity shows that Quebec has suffered a productivity gap ever since it joined Confederation. “The picture that emerges from this research into historical productivity trends in Quebec is rather disheartening,” says researcher Vincent Geloso, who is currently completing his doctoral studies at the London School of Economics. “It shows that, since 1870, the province has regularly posted productivity levels lower than those in Ontario and, generally speaking, the country as a whole. Consequently, its standard of living has followed suit and continues to lag behind the rest of Canada.”  


Contribution of labour reallocation to productivity growth in Canada


In this report, we estimate the contribution of labour reallocation to productivity growth in the Canadian manufacturing sector. We find that most of productivity growth comes from within firm improvements, leaving a limited role for labour reallocation. Still, we also find that the importance of labour reallocation increase over time. This is both due to increasing net-entry and inter-firm effects. These effects are much more important post 2000 than in the 1990s. 


Central Warehouses in Health Care Institutions in Quebec


This report analyzes the productivity of the central warehouses serving health care institutions of Island of Montréal and seeks to identify practices yielding superior results. Central warehouses play a key role in health care institutions. Their staff must be able to efficiently receive material from external suppliers and prepare it to meet the needs of care units. 


Quebec the leader in government spending


The Quebec government spends a great deal more than its Ontario counterpart and far exceeds the average for all Canadian provinces, as is revealed by a recent study by researchers Robert Gagné and Jonathan Deslauriers, of the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity (CPP). “Although the economic situation in Quebec is less worrisome than in Spain, Italy or even Greece, we think it appropriate to ask questions about what place and role the State has in the province’s economy, to avoid finding ourselves in just as serious a crisis,” says Robert Gagné, Director of the CPP. 


Outsourcing computer services


In today’s environment, companies can no longer avoid the question of where to locate their operations. Offshoring is a factor in all our fields of activity. It is important to understand why operations could be offshored or outsourced, to identify the most suitable activities, and then to clearly grasp the challenges associated with this management approach.


Quebec, a springboard for immigrants?


“Quebec finds it harder than Ontario to retain immigrants and convince them to stay here in the long term. Many new arrivals merely pass through Quebec, and this really calls into question our ability to integrate them,” says researcher Daniel Parent, who recently completed a study on migration in Quebec over the past 30 years for the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity.


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