Exploring regional productivity difference – Could differences in management be the cause?

This project explores the role that management techniques play in changes in productivity, economic fluctuations and growth over time for Canada and the U.S, as well as regional productivity differences. This information should help economists create better models and policies, as well as better inform Governments and businesses about the importance of proper management and providing opportunities to train (and retrain) managers to employ the best techniques. Participation in this project will help the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity fulfill their mandate (to help the public better understand the macro and microeconomic factors behind Ontario’s economic growth) by engaging in ground breaking research using newly designed indicators of technological change in management. At the end of the project, the findings will be made available to policy makers and the general public by circulating copies of the results in working papers written for the Institute, doing interviews about the research, and submitting copies of the results to Ontario’s Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Michelle Alexopoulos


Trevor Tombe


Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity




Management of companies and enterprises


University of Toronto



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