Historical National Accounting

  • Herman J. de Jong
  • Nuno Palma
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


Historical national accounting helps to reconstruct productivity and income indicators for past periods. This chapter presents recent results of such a reconstruction for seven world regions. Strategies for both the pre-statistical age and more modern periods, in which national accounting data are more abundant, help to anticipate opportunities and challenges when constructing and interpreting historical income and productivity measures.

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C82 E01 N01 N10 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herman J. de Jong
    • 1
  • Nuno Palma
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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