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New Evidence on Canadian Wage Rates, 1900-1930

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  • Mary MacKinnon

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This paper shows there are serious errors in published Canadian nominal wage data and presents hourly wage series, developed from firm records, for machinists, helpers, and laborers employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway between 1900 and 1930. This new evidence suggests that real wage growth in Canada was faster than previously believed and that there were substantial changes in wage inequality.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 29 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 114-31

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:29:y:1996:i:1:p:114-31

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Cited by:
  1. Kris Inwood & Mary MacKinnon & Chris Minns, 2010. "Labour market dynamics in Canada, 1891-1911: a first look from new census samples," Economic History Working Papers 30016, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History.
  2. Gregor W. Smith, 2006. "The spectre of deflation: a review of empirical evidence," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 39(4), pages 1041-1072, November.

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