Born and raised in Saint-Lambert on the south shore of Montreal in Canada, I completed my Ph.D in economic history at the London School of Economics in June 2016. My research centered on the measurement of living standards and economic growth in Canada prior to the Conquest of Canada by the British in 1760.
I also have a master’s degree from the same institution. I received my undergraduate degree from Montreal University in economics and politics. I recently joined Texas Tech University as a post-doctoral fellow associated with the Free Market Institute. In the past, I taught microeconomics and macroeconomics at HEC Montréal at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Some of my other research concerns the economic history of the province of Quebec from 1920 to 1960. These research resulted in a book on the economic history of Quebec (in french titled Le Grand Rattrapage et le Déclin Tranquille: Histoire Économique et Sociale du Québec de 1900 à 2010). It argues that since 1960, Quebec has experienced poorer economic growth relative to the rest of Canada than official statistics suggest. It also contends that the greatest period of economic convergence for Quebec was between 1945 and 1960 when the province began catching up with living standards observed in the US and Canada. Then, I decided to extend my research backwards by considering Canada before 1900 and integrating Canada in studies of economic development (especially with the role of institutions). In the process, I got hooked on population economics which means I developed a skill set related with demographics and population dynamics.
In the past, I interned at the National Post and the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C. I also worked in politics for a time (which I do not regret but would never repeat) as an intern in the communications department of the Prime Minister of Canada (disclosure: this was Stephen Harper). Between my masters and my doctorate, I worked as an economist for the Montreal Economic Institute – with which I am still affiliated.
At present, my articles have appeared in Journal of Population Research, Essays in Economic and Business History and Economic Affairs. My wider-public articles have been published in La Presse, Journal de Montréal, Journal de Québec, National Post, Financial Post, Globe & Mail, Le Devoir, The Gazette, Le Soleil, Vancouver Sun and Huffington Post Canada.
Letters of reference: Professor Chris Minns (London School of Economics); Professor Stephen Broadberry (Oxford University); Professor Jeffrey Williamson (Harvard University); Jacques Raynauld (teaching reference HEC Montreal)
Fields of interests: Public choice theory, economic history, demography and new institutional economics
Fluent in: English, French
Statistical Training: Time Series Analysis, VARs, Panel Data, Cross-Sectional Data