A U-Curve of Inequality? Measuring Inequality in the Interwar Period

I have a new working paper fresh out of the oven. My co-authors (John Moore and Philip Schlosser) are myself are seeking comments. Basically, this is part of a series of papers on the economic history of the United States from 1890 to 1940 for which we obtained funding. In fact, it is the first […]

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Rethinking Canadian Economic Growth and Development since 1900: The Case of Quebec

I am pleased to announce that Palgrave Macmillan has accepted to publish my book (Du Grand Rattrapage au Déclin Tranquille) as part of its “Studies in Economic History”. The book will come out under the title of Rethinking Canadian Economic Growth and Development since 1900: The Case of Quebec.  The book was translated by Jordan Arseneault […]

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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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