Archive | August, 2013

The direction of causality? Drugs, Inequality and Security Guards

In an earlier post, I expressed doubts regarding the relation between income inequality and the demand for private security. Although there is research going in that direction, the issue at play is causality. I proposed that the war on drugs created an unsafe environment which increased demand for private security and that one could find […]

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Drugs, inequality and american states

One of the most interesting  arguments in the debate about inequality has been that rising inequalities lead to a higher cost of providing public goods. In short, where there are more inequalities, criminality is higher and forces a greater level of expenditure on private security – a great social cost. Whilst I would normally buy […]

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Market integration between Quebec and Britain, 1760 to 1840

The “hot topic” in economic history recently seems to be that of market integration. A great deal of the attention has been given to european prices from the 1600s to the late 1800s. Some attention has been given to the North Atlantic (Canada, Britain, France, the USA), but what attention has been given to Canada […]

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Le revenu des Québécois ajusté pour la taille des ménages depuis 1951

Avant 1960, lorsque nous comparions le Québec et l’Ontario des économies très similaires quant à la structure des familles. Ce point peut paraître mineur, mais il ne l’est pas. À l’examen des ménages, c’est-à-dire en tenant compte des différentes tailles de famille et de l’effet de ces tailles sur leur pouvoir d’achat, on peut obtenir […]

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Réponse à Jean-Claude Cloutier

Je répond ici à une critique de mon livre faite par Jean-Claude Cloutier sur le site de l’Association des économistes du Québec — Premièrement, il faut comprendre que l’utilisation des travaux d’André Raynauld est trompeuse. Ce dernier était un tenant de la thèse du « parrallélisme » – la croissance du Québec suivait celle de l’Ontario depuis […]

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