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CALL FOR PAPERS
The Canada-U.S. Manufacturing Productivity Gap Despite the extensive structural reforms the Canadian economy has undergone in the last decade, such as the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, there appears to have been no narrowing of the gap in labour productivity levels in manufacturing between Canada and the United States.
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS) is seeking proposals for a major research project on the Canada-U.S. manufacturing productivity gap. The objective of the project is to shed light on the factors behind slower manufacturing productivity growth in Canada relative to the United States since the early 1980s and the lower level of productivity in Canada. A Conference will be held early in 2000 in Ottawa. A refereed volume based on the papers presented at the conference, to be edited by Jeff Bernstein of Carleton University, Rick Harris of Simon Fraser University, and Andrew Sharpe of the CSLS will be produced by an academic publisher.
Specific areas in which proposals for papers are being sought: (1) conceptual issues directly bearing on the measurement of productivity in manufacturing; (2) econometric and other types of analysis of productivity determinants and trends in the overall manufacturing sector or in particular manufacturing industries in Canada and the United States; and (3) firm-level care studies of productivity determinants and trends in specific manufacturing industries in Canada and the United States.
Proposals should consist of a 1-2 page description of the proposed research, including a clear statement of purpose, methodology, and possible policy implications. Subject to the availability of funds, assistance for travel and accommodations expenses may be available. The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 30, 1999. Please submit proposals to: Andrew Sharpe, Executive Director, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, 111 Sparks Street, Suite 500, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5B5, Tele: (613) 233-8891, Fax: (613) 233-8250 - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web Site.International Input-Output Association (IIOA)
The International Input-Output Association and the University of Macerata announce that the Thirteenth International Conference on Input-Output Techniques will be held in August 21-25, 2000 in Macerata, Italy. Macerata is about 40 km from the port of Ancona, which lies on Italy's Adriatic coast.
Goal of the conference: to promote the exchange of ideas among input-output specialists worldwide. The conference is likely to feature work on social, national, and regional accounting and modeling; industrial structural change; industry's relationship to energy use and the natural environment; the ways in which innovation effects productivity change; and new methods in interindustry analysis. Other theoretical and applied work with input-output tables is also welcome.
Deadline for abstracts: please submit abstracts for papers by October 31, 1999 to the Head of the Scientific Programme Committee.
Special sessions: those wishing to organize a parallel session on a specific topic should send the complete session by October 31, 1999 to the Head of the Scientific Programme Committee.
Leontief Memorial Prize: The IIOA is also pleased to announce a Leontief Memorial Prize for the best conference paper of young authors (born after 1959, unpublished work, work combining theory and application). The Leontief Memorial Prize Committee will select the winning paper, which will also be published in Economic Systems Research. Authors who would like to compete for the Prize should submit their paper to the Head of the Scientific Programme Committee by January 31, 2000.
Contact: Michael L. Lahr, Head of the Scientific Programme Committee, Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University, 33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 400, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1982, USA Tel: +1-732-932-3133; Fax: +1-732-932-2363; E-mail: email@example.com
Beverly G. Dahlby recommended as Managing Director of the Institute of Public Economics as of July 1, 1999 (Term finished for Dr. Paul M. Boothe)
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