A West African Experiment: Constructing a GDP Series for Colonial Ghana, 1891-1950

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@article{b33d439e75764e6b96de0d21278f45bc,
title = "A West African Experiment: Constructing a GDP Series for Colonial Ghana, 1891-1950",
abstract = "There has been a recent surge in research on long-term African development. For this research agenda to be fruitful and its theories tested, it is crucial to have consistent estimates of economic change. However, there is a lack of reliable time series data for the colonial period in Sub-Saharan Africa. This article contributes new time series data for the Gold Coast and Ghana between 1890 and 2010 and in particular a new GDP time series for Ghana for the years 1891–1957. The series implies a sustained period of economic expansion from the late nineteenth century. This suggests a revision of some prevalent truths about the history of economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, and points the way forward for expanding the database to cover the colonial period for other African economies.",
author = "Morten Jerven",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.1111/1468-0289.12066",
language = "English",
volume = "67",
pages = "964--992",
journal = "Economic History Review",
issn = "1468-0289",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "4",

}