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


Vincent Geloso


Texas Tech University

December 14, 2016


Abstract:     
This paper uses a novel dataset of prices and wages from the French colony of Quebec (Canada’s second largest province today) between 1688 and 1775 in order to measure living standards during the colonial era. Using these data, I find that Quebec experienced no growth over the long-run, and that for much of the period, Quebec was poorer than the American colonies and England, while not being appreciably richer than France. However, this last conclusion is sensitive to changes in the basket used to compare wages.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: Economic History, Canadian Economic History, Economic Growth

JEL Classification: N11, O51, E31


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Date posted: December 15, 2016  

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Geloso, Vincent, Distinct within North America: Living Standards in French Canada, 1688 to 1775 (December 14, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2885514 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2885514

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Vincent Geloso (Contact Author)
Texas Tech University ( email )
1901 University Avenue
Lubbock, TX Texas 79410
United States
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