Center for the Study of Living Standards research on Competition Intensity as a Driver of Productivity Growth


June 2008

Important progress has been made over the past several years in understanding the relationship between competition and the innovativeness and productivity of businesses. This progress is reviewed and assessed in independent research done by the Center for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS) with financial support from the Competition Bureau.

The CSLS report, "Competitive Intensity as a Driver of Innovation and Productivity Growth: A Synthesis of the Literature," surveys and assesses the existing economic theoretical literature and empirical evidence on the linkages between open and competitive markets and innovation and productivity growth. The report concludes that "the evidence indicates that competitive intensity has a strong positive effect on innovation and productivity."

The report is posted on a site of an organization not subject to the Official Languages Act, therefore it is only available in the language used by the organization.

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