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w4/5: Exploring economic data /2547

Please note that this is computer lab session. No specific preparation is required.

Dataset links:

Maddison Project

Clio Infra

Gapminder

The purpose of the session is to explore the economic history data available in a range of public datasets. Specific instructions will be provided in the labs.

The economic growth database from the Maddison Project forms a component of the Clio Infra dataset. In 2014, Clio Infra and the OECD published How Was Life? Global well-being since 1820 [judicious searching can yield pdf copies of the full document, but it is on Blackboard too]. We will draw on this source in a number of lectures.

Background reading

Bolt, J and van Zanden, JL (2013), The First Update of the Maddison Project: Re-­Estimating Growth Before 1820, Maddison-­Project Working Paper WP-­4
[ The working paper discusses the re-estimation of economic growth prior to 1820, as it reviews recent work in the field and addresses some of the methodological issues involved. ]