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….

[Note:  This was originally posted at Bleeding Heart Libertarians and directed at that audience, but I will repost here as well.] In my recent post responding to Matt Yglesias on the gold standard, at least one commenter was surprised to find a defense of “goldbuggery” here at BHL. I’m guessing…