The Costs of Doing Hard Time: A Penitentiary-Based Regional Price Index for Canada, 1883-1923

33 Pages Posted: 19 May 2007

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Chris Minns

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economic History; Trinity College (Dublin) - Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS)

Mary MacKinnon

McGill University - Department of Economics

Abstract

We construct consumer price indices for Canada, based mainly on the expenditure records of Canada's federal penitentiaries. Regional price variation was much greater in Canada in the late nineteenth century than in the northern U.S. The new data suggest substantial price decline to 1900. Regional price variation in Canada decreased gradually to 1914, and quickly during the First World War. For 1900-14 and 1922-3, new data are largely consistent with consumer price data compiled by the Labour Gazette. The new data suggest more inflation during the First World War.

Suggested Citation

Minns, Chris and MacKinnon, Mary, The Costs of Doing Hard Time: A Penitentiary-Based Regional Price Index for Canada, 1883-1923. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 528-560, May 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=986759 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.00420.x

Chris Minns (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economic History ( email )

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Trinity College (Dublin) - Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) ( email )

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Trinity College
Dublin 2
Ireland

Mary MacKinnon

McGill University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Montreal, QC H3A 2T7
Canada

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