ECO2750H1S Topics in North American Economic History
This course addresses the evolution of North American markets, with emphasis on the pre-Confederation period. We will examine various labour markets: slavery, indentured servitude, apprenticeships; as well as marriage markets and fertility, with particular attention to individual incentives and contracts. We will also cover the timing and impact of technological change, and the evolution of manufacturing production. In addition, we may examine some particularly Canadian topics, such as the staples thesis, the wheat boom and Western settlement.