Archive | April, 2013

Presentation Paper: Economic Growth, Preference Falsification and Religious Fervour in Quebec – 1920 to 1970

The deadlines have passed and I have submitted the following paper (co-authored with Hubert Villeneuve of McGill University) to the Cliometric Society that will hold a conference in Seattle in the beginning of this summer. Here is the abstract: Before the Cascade – Economic Growth, Preference Falsification and Religious Fervour: Quebec 1920 to 1970 Abstract: […]

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19th century Quebec farmers were not “idiots”

If I had to point to one problem that economists get frustrated with when they jump in the field of economic history, I would point to the idea of the “peasant mentality”. In many history books either for backwater societies or pre-modern economies, generations of historians have labelled peasants as “incapable” of showing economic rationality. Hence, […]

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Productivity growth in Quebec, 1946 to 1960

In playing with my data from my book, I found that I could have done a measure of productivity growth in Quebec relative to Ontario by using man-hours. In short, I have estimates of Gross National Product, Personal Income, Personal Disposable Income and hours worked, total employment on average by workers in manufacturing. Sadly, I don’t […]

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Quebec’s economic performance in the early days of Canada

In my most recent book, I document how economic growth (on a per capita basis) was slightly slower (or at best, it was on par) in Quebec than it was in Ontario from 1900 to 1940. I showed that living standards remained roughly 25% to 30% inferior in Quebec. I also argued that productivity growth […]

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Economic History between Two Swimsuits

My recent book, Du Grand Rattrapage au Déclin Tranquille, is the subject of an article in the French-Canadian magazine Summum. For those who are not from Quebec, Summum is a “boys’ magazine” with tons of girls in swimsuits (or less). So I dare say I gave an interview to end up between two girls in […]

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