Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow free bankers out there! Today is our biggest secular national holiday.  Not everyone celebrates Christmas or Easter much less other national holidays like Memorial Day or Labor Day, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Thanksgiving.  So, as we sit around eating…

Mathieu Bédard and Vincent Geloso have a paper out on SSRN here, “Free Banking and Economic Growth in Lower Canada, 1817-1851″: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2482313#.U_HwDx1w4a0.facebook Says the abstract: Generally, the historical literature presents the period from 1817 to 1851 in Lower Canada (modern day Québec) as one of negative economic growth. This period also…