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Seeds of divergence: living standards in French North America, 1688 to 1760

This paper, which has been in the making for the last three years, is the most important of all my papers. It capitalizes on a new dataset of prices and wages collected from religious congregations to link with censuses of the French colony of Quebec from 1688 to 1760 in order to measure real wages and […]

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How bad were Quebec’s French farmers in the 1830s? (With M. Hinton and V. Kufenko)

My most recent paper on farming in Canada in the 19th century. It concerns the “agricultural crisis” of the early decades of the century which has often been blamed on the cultural peculiarities of the French-Canadian population (which formed the majority of the population of Lower Canada). We find that the few who did stress […]

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Why was flour of poor quality? The impact of seigneurial laws and price controls on flour in colonial Quebec (with Alexis Lacombe)

After much work and re-do on my part regarding the details of the milling regulations in Canada and thanks to the help of my co-author, Alexis Lacombe (University of Sherbrooke, Collège de Granby), who conceived the mathematical model, we have finished our paper on the quality of flour in Canada. Prior to 1850, we argue […]

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McCloskey and social networks as a channel for Kirznerian growth

McCloskey and social networks as a channel for Kirznerian growth Outlet submitted to: Economic Affairs Abstract: This article expands on the view of Deirdre McCloskey that the economic growth of the western world since the end of the eighteenth century can be explained by the process of entrepreneurial change as described by Israel Kirzner. This […]

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The turnover-reducing effects of minimum wage hikes might be undesirable

I have just uploaded a new working paper. Although this one is not about economic history, it does concern an issue I have to deal very often in economic history: wages and price controls. In this working paper, I decided to tackle the issue of the minimum wage and the empirical finding whereby there are […]

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