Enhancing Labour Mobility in Alberta; The Role of Immigration, Migration, and Developing Existing Human Capital

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Richard Mueller – Research Affiliate, Research Article

Mueller, Richard E. 2018. “Enhancing Labour Mobility in Alberta: The Role of Immigration, Migration, and Developing Existing Human Capital.” ResearchGate. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330223136


Since the rapid decline in the price of oil in mid-2014, the Alberta economy experienced one of the worst recessions in its history. Prior to this time, the province's labour market had unemployment rates much lower than the Canadian average, workers flowed into the province from elsewhere in Canada and from abroad, and acute labour shortages were prevalent in many occupations, industries and geographical areas. In short, labour mobility was an issue. This paper will discuss labour mobility at both the extensive and intensive margins, showing past trends and offering the most promising avenues to enhance this mobility should the province again return to a state of prosperity.

Keywords: Alberta, labour mobility, migration, immigration

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