The purpose of this study is to describe Quebec’s economy between 1981 and 2008. It can be seen that Quebec lags behind its immediate neighbours in economic terms, a performance manifested mainly by a lower standard of living (measured by the relationship between GDP and population size). When Quebec’s performance is ranked internationally, it  also lags behind the OECD countries.  One of the factors likely to explain this state of affairs is Quebec’s lower labour productivity, particularly in the service sector.

Centre for Productivity and Prosperity. Productivity and Prosperity in Quebec, 1981-2008 Overview, HEC Montréal, September 2009.


This accompanying publication serves as a methodological reference for the Productivity and Prosperity in Quebec: 1981-2008 Overview report. The technical information it provides is designed to give the reader a more in-depth understanding of the concepts, calculations and data used in producing the annual overview of productivity in Quebec. It is divided into five sections, each one with a detailed analysis, in chronological form, of the methodology used in creating the graphs and tables.


Deslauriers, J., R. Gagné. Methodology – Productivity and Prosperity in Quebec, 1981-2008, Centre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2009. (Available in French only)