Resource Endowments and Location Theory in Economic History: A Case Study of Quebec and Ontario at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Journal of Economic History, Vol. 46, pp. 999-1009, 1986

Posted: 14 Jan 2010

Date Written: 1986

Abstract

The hypothesis that a region's or nation's laggard industrial development can be explained by its relatively more expensive supplies of coal and iron ore is challenged here. A simple model, based on location theory, is developed. Using this model, I demonstrate the conditions under which this hypothesis holds. A case study of Quebec and Ontario industry suggests that the differential resource cost hypothesis seriously lacks explanatory power.

Keywords: Resource Endowments, Quebec, Ontario, Economic History, Coal, Iron Ore, Resource Cost hypothesis

JEL Classification: N51, Q01

Suggested Citation

Altman, Morris, Resource Endowments and Location Theory in Economic History: A Case Study of Quebec and Ontario at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (1986). Journal of Economic History, Vol. 46, pp. 999-1009, 1986. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1536253

Morris Altman (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle ( email )

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Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia

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