Archive | May, 2014

Le coût de la vie au Québec est plus élevé qu’ailleurs

J’ai publié au Centre sur la Productivité et la Prospérité une étude sur le coût de la vie au Québec. La question à laquelle je m’attaque est fort simple: le coût de la vie est-il plus bas au Québec qu’ailleurs au Canada? La réponse est : non, au contraire il est plus élevé. En tenant […]

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Weird comments in economic history : Guy Frégault and price controls

In writing the final part of my thesis on Canadian economic history, I found a pearl which I felt had to be shared with my readers (the few that you are). Historian Guy Frégault is one of the biggest names in the historiography of Quebec before 1850, one can’t write anything without at least referring […]

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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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