An Analysis of a Society’s Consumption Trends: A Telling Picture that Goes beyond Simple Statistical Analysis

If we carry the adage “we are what we eat” a little further and turn it into “we are what we consume,” it becomes relevant to look at Quebeckers’ consumption patterns. Similarly, it would be interesting to see how these patterns have varied over the past 30 years. This article proposes to do this by using data available on Cansim, the database at the basis of Statistics Canada analyses. The figures presented relate to households, including single people, families and roommates. All of the data is in a given period’s current dollars and are presented in % in order to reflect the actual weight of expenditures within household budgets at the time they are incurred.

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