Distinct within North America: Living Standards in French Canada, 1688 to 1775
Texas Tech University
December 14, 2016
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
Date posted: December 15, 2016