Demographic Change and Regional Convergence in Canada

I have a new working paper (a short article in fact) out there, co-written with Vadim Kufenko and Klaus Prettner. It measures economic convergence across provinces in Canada since 1870 with a “twist”. We argue that the manner in which convergence is measured fails to capture for the varying demographic settings of different areas – most notably […]

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Concernant Postes Canada

Puisque Postes Canada est à nouveau en grève, j’en profite pour mettre à jour les chiffres de mon “policy paper” de 2011 sur le sujet de la privatisation. En 2007, le pic du volume absolu de courrier au Canada a été atteint. En utilisant les rapports annuels de la société d’État, on constate que le […]

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Concernant le prix unique du livre

Il y a quelques jours, des “experts” ont questionné mon “policy paper” publié en 2013 avec l’Institut économique de Montréal sur le prix unique du livre. Je suis surpris de ces critiques puisque ce n’est pas la première fois que j’y répond. Cependant, j’ai répondu à plusieurs endroits séparés. Alors j’assemble ici mes commentaires pour […]

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Inequality: How Much is There and Is It All Bad?

I have a new working paper out there, written with Steve Horwitz of St-Lawrence University. Our paper concerns the measure of inequality and the categorization of the causes. We argue that a) the increase is real; b) that the amplitude of the increase and the level are exaggerated; c) that a part of observed inequalities […]

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Supply-side factors in the dominance of the fur trade in colonial Canada

This paper – written with my good friend Alexis Lacombe of the Collège de Granby – contends that supply-side factors related to the maritime’s industry response to conflicts are quite important in explaining the predominant role of the fur trade in the early economy of Canada. Exports and imports of non-fur industries in Canada tended […]

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