The Maddison Project: collaborative research on historical national accounts

Jutta Bolt, Jan Luiten van Zanden

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The Maddison Project, initiated in March 2010 by a group of close colleagues of Angus Maddison, aims to develop an effective way of cooperation between scholars to continue Maddison’s work on measuring economic performance in the world economy. This paper is a first product of the project. Its goal is to explain the aims and approach of the project, and, as a first result of this ‘collaboratory’, to inventory recent research on historical national accounts. We also briefly discuss some of the problems related to these historical statistics and we extend and where necessary revise the estimates published by Maddison in his recent overviews (2001; 2003; 2007). Most new work relates to the period before 1820; it leads to an reassessment of levels of GDP per capita in Western Europe in the early modern period, and to confirmation of the previous Maddison estimates of Asian levels of real income
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)627-651
Aantal pagina's25
TijdschriftEconomic History Review
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
Vroegere onlinedatum11-mrt.-2014
StatusPublished - aug.-2014

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