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A cross-province comparison of Okun's coefficient for Canada

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Abstract:

This study estimates Okun's coefficients for ten Canadian provinces using real GDP and unemployment rate data across the provinces. An average estimated Okun's coefficient of −1.58 is obtained under the Hodrick-Prescott detrending method and −1.32 under the quadratic detrending method. There is relative stability of the coefficients across the two detrending methods. Generally, the cost of unemployment in terms of the loss in real GDP is higher in the bigger and more industrialized provinces ranging from −2.14 for Ontario to less than −1 for the Maritime provinces.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0003684042000201848

Affiliations: Department of Economics University of Victoria PO Box 1700 STN CSS Victoria B.C. Canada, Email: dkadanu@uvic.ca

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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