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Were Wages That Low? Strasbourg Wages and Welfare Ratios Before 1775

I have a new working paper available, which I have submitted to a journal for publication. It is a note concerning the measurement of living standards in Strasbourg during the 17th and 18th century. I argue that the wage series used for that region underestimate the true level of wages and make it appear to […]

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Distinct within North America: Living Standards in French Canada, 1688 to 1775

Although this paper was submitted roughly a month ago, I am now making available as a working paper. It is drawn from my PhD dissertation with some edits over the basket to measure real wages. Basically, its the first paper to measure living standards from 1688 to 1775 in Canada using a welfare ratio approach […]

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Prices in Canada from 1688 to 1850

I have just completed my most recent paper. It is a price index for Canada covering the period from 1688 to 1850. I use prices collected from the account books of religious congregations with estates throughout the modern-day province of Quebec. The consistency of the type of price quotations in the source material, the high frequency […]

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Multilingualism and the Decline of French in Quebec

I have new working paper out (its now under consideration at Social Science Quarterly). Its a short article on the impact of the ecological inference fallacy in measuring the use of French in my home province of Quebec. Alongside my good friend Alex Arsenault Morin (a promising PhD student at Queen’s University), I argue that […]

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Monopsony and industrial development in nineteenth century Quebec : the impact of seigneurial tenure

Is monopsony power a potent candidate to explain Quebec’s divergence within Canada? Alongside Alex Arsenault Morin and Vadim Kufenko, I make this case in a new working paper. Basically, we argue that the land tenure system created a series of localized monopsonies on the non-farm labor market. We argue that this depressed wages and labor demand (we have […]

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