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ECONOMIC GROWTH OF SINGAPORE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY:Historical GDP Estimates and Empirical Investigations


  • Ichiro Sugimoto

    (Soka University, Japan)


Research on Singapore's economic history has been complicated by the absence of economic data on pre-independence Singapore. This book aims to fill the gap by presenting a time-series of historical GDP estimates for the periods 1900–39 and 1950–60. The new data presented in the book sheds light on two key aspects of Singapore's economic history, namely the relationship between economic instability and growth, as well as the government's fiscal policy towards economic growth. As the first comprehensive empirical economic history of twentieth-century Singapore, this book is a valuable reference source for academics and graduate students interested in development and empirical economics.

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  • Ichiro Sugimoto, 2011. "ECONOMIC GROWTH OF SINGAPORE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY:Historical GDP Estimates and Empirical Investigations," World Scientific Books, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., volume 2, number 7858, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:wsbook:7858

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    Cited by:

    1. Jutta Bolt & Jan Luiten Zanden, 2014. "The Maddison Project: collaborative research on historical national accounts," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 67(3), pages 627-651, August.
    2. Keen Meng Choy & Ichiro Sugimoto, 2013. "Trade, the Staple Theory of Growth, and Fluctuations in Colonial Singapore, 1900–39," Australian Economic History Review, Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 53(2), pages 121-145, July.
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    4. Jakob B. Madsen & Iqtiar Mamun, 2016. "Has the capital accumulation in the Asian miracle economies been fuelled by growth?," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(34), pages 3175-3194, July.

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    Singapore; Economic Growth; Economic History;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • O23 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Development
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • N15 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Asia including Middle East


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