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Technology and the great divergence: Global economic development since 1820.

Abstract:

The paper measures productivity growth in seventeen countries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. GDP per worker and capital per worker in 1985 US dollars were estimated for 1820, 1850, 1880, 1913, and 1939 by using historical national accounts to back cast Penn World Table data for 1965 and 1990. Frontier and econometric production functions are used to measure neutral technical change and local technical change. The latter includes concurrent increases in capital per worker and outpu...

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10.1016/j.eeh.2011.09.002

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Robert C. Allen More by this author
Journal:
Explorations in Economic History
Volume:
49
Issue:
1
Publication date:
2012
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URN:
uuid:8bcef8ba-5b17-4f55-ae6b-2751eea5c258
Local pid:
oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:15255
Language:
English

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