I have a new working paper available. This one is a data note that I just submitted to Essays in Economic and Business History because I want the data to be easily available. Basically, it provides the first extension of price history regarding the fur industry in Canada past the 1760s well into the 19th century. The abstract is below and the paper can be found here on SSRN and here on Academia:
This short note provides the first data series of fur prices in Canada that expands beyond the end of French rule. Linking with other available price series allows us to generate a price history of furs in Canada spanning from the late seventeenth century to the beginning of the nineteenth century.
NOTE: I found an imprecision in this paper which forces me to revisit the archives to make sure of a crucial detail. For the sake of transparency, here is the problem: I did not record enough details about the prices reported. I only took the prices as cited so that 7.2 livres “Paië pour un castor” (7.2 livres paid for one beaver) was only noted down as such. In some instances, the word “pelt” (peau) appeared clearly. However, in some instances, it does not. Since beaver may have been consumed as meat as well as for the pelt itself, the amount of details that I noted down is not sufficient to make sure. I know it sounds to be a minor technical since the avowed goal of my paper was to produce an index to measure movements and that the prices of pelts and beaver should be heavily. Nonetheless, since this paper is a stepping stone for another paper that is dear to me, I prefer to make sure that it does not affect the quality of the price movements that I purported to measure. As such, on July 31st 2017, I requested a delay from the editor of Essays in Economic and Business History so that I may visit the archives in Quebec City to answer this question. I have retracted the paper from the online versions on SSRN and Academia until I have been able to answer this point.