Canadian Economic Growth during the Colonial Era and International Comparisons

70 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2017 Last revised: 30 Mar 2018

Date Written: June 30, 2017

Abstract

This study creates estimates of GDP per capita for Canada from 1688 to 1790 in order to evaluate Canadian growth before the 19th century and generate international comparisons of living standards. These estimates show that Canada experienced little growth during the period and growth reversals were frequent. The income-based comparisons reveal that Canada was poorer than New England, Britain and France but was mildly richer than Latin America.

Keywords: Canadian Economic History, GDP, Economic Growth, Living Standards

JEL Classification: N11, N31

Suggested Citation

Geloso, Vincent, Canadian Economic Growth during the Colonial Era and International Comparisons (June 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2976531 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2976531

Vincent Geloso (Contact Author)

Bates College ( email )

Department of Economics
Lewiston, ME
United States

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