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Was Economic Growth Likely in Lower Canada?

Did Quebec experience economic growth (per capita) during the first decades of the 19th century? That question has been often debated in Quebec. In a recent paper co-authored with Mathieu Bédard, I argue that given the pronounced price deflation of the era and the increase in the money supply (faster than population growth), historians should […]

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Continuity under a different name: the outcome of privatisation in Serbia

I have a new working paper out there. It concerns privatisation in Serbia. More precisely, it concerns the process of privatisation in Serbia and how it can be co-opted by rent-seeking actors. Alongside Vladan Ivanovic, Vadim Kufenko, Boris Begovic and Nenad Stanisic, we argue that the process of privatisation was designed to allow rent-seekers to […]

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Demographic Change and Regional Convergence in Canada

I have a new working paper (a short article in fact) out there, co-written with Vadim Kufenko and Klaus Prettner. It measures economic convergence across provinces in Canada since 1870 with a “twist”. We argue that the manner in which convergence is measured fails to capture for the varying demographic settings of different areas – most notably […]

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Concernant Postes Canada

Puisque Postes Canada est à nouveau en grève, j’en profite pour mettre à jour les chiffres de mon “policy paper” de 2011 sur le sujet de la privatisation. En 2007, le pic du volume absolu de courrier au Canada a été atteint. En utilisant les rapports annuels de la société d’État, on constate que le […]

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Concernant le prix unique du livre

Il y a quelques jours, des “experts” ont questionné mon “policy paper” publié en 2013 avec l’Institut économique de Montréal sur le prix unique du livre. Je suis surpris de ces critiques puisque ce n’est pas la première fois que j’y répond. Cependant, j’ai répondu à plusieurs endroits séparés. Alors j’assemble ici mes commentaires pour […]

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