Rethinking Canadian Economic Growth and Development Since 1900(2017): A translated, revised and expanded version of my French book (2013), Rethinking Canadian Economic Growth is part of the series Palgrave Studies in Economic History at Palgrave Macmillan. This book argues against popular historic narratives that Quebec’s economic development only started catching up to the rest of Canada after 1960, a year that marked the beginning of the Quiet Revolution. I argue that there are three reasons to rethink the growth of Quebec in Canada. Firstly, from the early days of the Canadian federation until the Second World War, Quebec did grow poorer relative to the other provinces. Secondly, from 1945 to 1960, there was a rapid era of growth that allowed the province to catch at a rapid pace. During that period, the seeds of future growth – notably through a pronounced surge in educational attainment – were sowed. Thirdly, the era from 1960 to 1976 exhibited no break from the trend set from 1945 to 1960. In fact, after 1976, Quebec’s convergence slowed to a halt and its gap with the rest of Canada has remained more or less constant since.
Du Grand Rattrapage au Déclin Tranquille (2013): My first book (in French) on the economic history of Quebec (the second largest province of Canada) where I use tools from cliometrics, new institutional economics and public choice theory to explain the evolution of Quebec since 1900. Skeptical of the “Great Gloom” thesis which states that Quebec was backwards before 1960 (and grew increasingly more backwards), I show that Quebec actually closed the gap between itself and the rest of Canada (and the United States) between 1945 and 1960 after decades of relative stagnation. I also show that the convergence that occurred after 1960 was slightly slower.