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Una estimación del crecimiento económico en la Edad Moderna


  • Jan Luiten van Zanden

    () (International Institute of Social History, University of Utrecht)


The paper discusses different attempts to measure economic growth in Europe before the Industrial Revolution. It is argued that the figures published by Angus Maddison probably overestimate growth between 1000 and 1820. Next, a method for simulating long-term patterns of growth is presented, and the results of this experiment, i.e. annual time series for the most important European countries, are discussed. It is concluded that growth was very slow between c 1450 and c 1800 —with the notable exceptions of England and the Netherlands— and that between c 1000 and c 1450, GDP per capita increased probably faster than in the centuries before the Industrial Revolution.

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  • Jan Luiten van Zanden, 2005. "Una estimación del crecimiento económico en la Edad Moderna," Investigaciones de Historia Económica (IHE) Journal of the Spanish Economic History Association, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica, vol. 2, pages 9-38.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:invest:v:2:y:2005:p:9-38

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    Cited by:

    1. Carlos Álvarez-Nogal & Leandro Prados De La Escosura, 2013. "The rise and fall of Spain (1270–1850)," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 66(1), pages 1-37, February.
    2. Álvarez Nogal, Carlos & Prados de la Escosura, Leandro, 2007. "Searching for the roots of retardation : Spain in European perspective, 1500-1850," IFCS - Working Papers in Economic History.WH wp07-06, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola.
    3. Enrique Llopis & Manuel González-Mariscal, 2010. "Un crecimiento tempranamente quebrado: el producto agrario en Andalucía occidental en la Edad Moderna," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 50, pages 13-42, april.
    4. Alfons Méndez Vidal, 2014. "El protagonismo de la viña en la agricultura menorquina de los siglos XVII y XVIII," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 63, pages 11-54, august.

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    Economic growth; Europe; Measurement;

    JEL classification:

    • N13 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries


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