African Economic History Working Paper, African Economic History Network
Future challenges in measuring Africa’s past: Lessons from estimating GDP for the Gold Coast, 1891-1954
Abstract: There has been a recent surge in research on long term
African development. For this research agenda to be fruitful and its
theories, it is crucial to have consistent estimates of economic change.
This paper contributes with a new GDP time series for Ghana, 1891-1954. The
series implies a sustained period of economic expansion from the late 19th
century into the 1960s. This suggests a revision of some prevalent truths
about the history of economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. The paper
discusses the potential of creating historical national accounts for other
African economies across the colonial and post-colonial period.
Keywords: Afriica; GDP; Gold Coast; Colonialism; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: N17; N27; N37; N47; N57; (follow links to similar papers)
35 pages, August 25, 2012
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