Purchasing power in New France and France and minimizing American exceptionalism

In recent times, Jeffrey Williamson and Peter Lindert have been attempting to assert that American living standards were much higher than in Britain in the colonial. An important part of their claim centers on the differential of purchasing power parity. This makes America looks richer on the eve of the American revolution. I don’t dispute […]

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Bouffe de rue: voulez-vous une baisse de prix?

On apprenait aujourd’hui dans le Journal de Montréal, que les restaurateurs de rue ne comptent pas baisser leurs prix. Ceci semble indigner certaines personnes, dont le maire Denis Coderre. Il s’agit là d’une drôle d’indignation. Oui, drôle … voir burlesque. Burlesque parce que la ville de Montréal est responsable des prix élevés en limitant l’offre par sa […]

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Autocorrelation as a tool for economic historians: New France and Lower Canada

I was working on my thesis and a weird idea struck me. More specifically, I was working on market integration between Quebec City and Montreal from 1688 to 1840. Generally, I used the coefficient of variation (standard deviation of observations over average). However, trends in market integration could be measured by the extent of serial […]

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Price index, Quebec from 1688 to 1860

In the course of writing my thesis, I have collected important quantities of price quotations for roughly one hundred and fifty items that were traded in the colony of Quebec from 1688 to 1760 and I am pursuing this up to 1860. However, there was already a price index produced by Gilles Paquet and Jean-Pierre […]

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Jean Chrétien en Nouvelle France

Au cours de mes recherches aux Archives du Séminaire de Québec, je découvre souvent des faits inusités sur l’histoire du Québec. J’ai notamment retrouvé un Jean Chrétien qui travaillait aux fermes du Séminaire de Québec en 1736. Il était payé 25 sols pour chaque de travail “aux récoltes” et 25 sols par jour de travail “aux foins”. Son salaire […]

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