An Annual Index of Irish Industrial Production, 1800-1921

Sean Kenny, Jason Lennard, Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke

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We construct an annual index of Irish industrial output for 1800-1921, the period during which the entire island was in a political Union with Great Britain. We also construct a new industrial price index. Irish industrial output grew by an average of 1.4 per cent per annum over the period as a whole, and by 1.8 per cent per annum between 1800 and the outbreak of World War I. Industrial growth was more rapid than previously thought before the Famine, and slower afterwards. While Ireland did not experience deindustrialization either before the Famine or afterwards, its industrial growth was disappointing when considered in a comparative perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameLund Papers in Economic History. General Issues
PublisherDepartment of Economic History, Lund University

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economic History

Free keywords

  • Ireland
  • industrial production
  • Famine
  • Historical national accounts
  • E01
  • N13
  • N14


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