Behind copper prices: a historical perspective 1850 - 1950

Research output: Working paper


Commodity prices and their secular trends are at the core of many different development theories, particularly relevant for the Latin American region, like the Prebisch-Singer hypothesis, the natural resource curse theory or the somehow malthusian scarcity prediction. In this article we review the international copper price indices available in the literature and we compare them with a new data set, elaborated from the Official Foreign Trade statistics of one of the main copper producers (Chile) This data has included information on value added and several price/volume indicators allowing to elaborate a more accurate copper price estimation in the long run. This information will enhance our knowledge on commodity prices, mineral trends and structural change.


External organisations
  • University of Barcelona
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economic History
  • Economics


  • Copper prices, Price Indices, Product diversification, Natural resources, N16, N50, Q32
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameLSR Working papers series
PublisherLUSEM Sustainability Research Network

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