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Cost of living, real wages and real incomes in thirteen Canadian cities, 1900-1950
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 02:05 authored by Emery, JCH, Clinton LevittClinton Levitt
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.
Publication titleCanadian Journal of Economics
PublisherUniv Toronto Press Inc
Place of publicationJournals Division, 5201 Dufferin St, Downsview, Toronto, Canada, On, M3H 5T8
Rights statementCopyright 2002 Canadian Economics Association