Dynamics of Interventionism and Economic Development in Quebec before 1854
27 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2020 Last revised: 3 Dec 2021
Date Written: October 23, 2020
The theory of interventionism argues that government interventions are inherently destabilizing which helps explain the growth of government. I argue that the theory of interventionism is also useful process of economic growth. At first, an intervention reduces living as a level change. However, because the intervention alters entrepreneurial incentives, there is a second effect that decelerates economic growth (Czeglédi 2014). Any additional intervention to deal with the distortions generated by initial interventions merely accentuates these two effects. Thus, the dynamics of interventionism entail a cumulative process of divergence. To illustrate my argument, I use the example of milling regulations in colonial Quebec. Directly, these regulations reduced the quantity and quality of milling services. However, indirectly, they altered long-run specialization patterns notably in dairy production. As dairy exports later boomed due to exogenous factors, this alteration eventually led to greater divergence.
Keywords: Dynamics of Interventionism, Canadian Economic History, Dairy Production
JEL Classification: N51, N41, D24
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