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Cost of living, real wages and real incomes in thirteen Canadian cities, 1900-1950


Emery, JCH and Levitt, CJ, Cost of living, real wages and real incomes in thirteen Canadian cities, 1900-1950, Canadian Journal of Economics, 35, (1) pp. 115 -137. ISSN 0008-4085 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2002 Canadian Economics Association

DOI: doi:10.1111/1540-5982.00123


Price indices for thirteen Canadian cities for 1900 to 1950 demonstrate large regional differences in cost of living until 1914. After 1914 regional price levels converged. Before the war, western Canadian cities had the highest cost of living. After 1920 cities in Ontario had the highest cost of living. Accounting for these trends in regional costs of living reveals that regional real wage and real income structures have been present and stable since at least 1901. Thus, regional wage and income disparities are long-standing and persistent features of the Canadian economy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Reginal Incomes, Regional Wages. Price Convergence
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Economic history
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Other economic framework
Objective Field:Other economic framework not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Levitt, CJ (Dr Clinton Levitt)
ID Code:114534
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2017-02-17
Last Modified:2017-04-10

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