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Capacity Utilization and Productivity Analysis in the Canadian Food Manufacturing Industry

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dc.contributor.advisor Hailu, Getu
dc.contributor.author Lai, Zili
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-06T15:54:08Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-06T15:54:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2015-05
dc.date.created 2015-04-28
dc.date.issued 2015-05-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8824
dc.description.abstract Food processing is Canada’s largest manufacturing employer, accounting for 236,000 jobs and the second largest manufacturing industry overall by revenue. However, the industry has recently experienced a considerable number of plant restructurings and a diminishing national trade surplus in processed food. The purpose of this study is to measure capacity utilization and multifactor productivity in order to examine the contribution of capacity utilization to change in productivity in the Canadian food manufacturing industry. I use data envelopment analysis and the Malmquist productivity index to measure capacity utilization and multifactor productivity in food manufacturing industry over the period 1990-2012 at provincial level. The results show every province (except Newfoundland) experienced a slowdown in multifactor productivity growth since 2000, the extent of which varies considerably by province. Capacity under-utilization is one important reason for Atlantic and Prairie Provinces’ productivity growth slowdown. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject food processing industry en_US
dc.subject productivity en_US
dc.subject capacity utilization en_US
dc.subject efficiency en_US
dc.subject data envelopment analysis en_US
dc.title Capacity Utilization and Productivity Analysis in the Canadian Food Manufacturing Industry en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics en_US
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