British Public Debt, the Acadian Expulsion and the American Revolution

UPDATE: The chapter has been accepted for publication

I have a new working paper out there which has been submitted for publication as a chapter in an upcoming book on American economic history. The goal of the book is to provide insights from public choice theory into the study of American economic history. The abstract is below and the paper can be consulted here on SSRN and here on Academia:

Starting in 1755, the French-speaking colonists of Atlantic Canada (known as the Acadians) were deported by the British. The expulsion was desired by the American colonists in New England but was opposed by the government back in England. In fact, the expulsion was enacted against the wishes of the Imperial government.  Set against the backdrop of rising public debt in England, the costly expulsion of the Acadians (combined with the subsequent conquest of the French-speaking colony of Quebec) contributed to a change in policy course favoring centralization.  Using public choice theory, I construct a narrative to argue that the Acadian expulsion contributed to the initiation of the American Revolution.


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