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Business cycles in the Netherlands, 1815-1913

  • Jacobs, Jan
  • Smits, Jan-Pieter

    (Groningen University)

This article exploits a unique new dataset containing information on the economy of the Netherlands to date business cycles turning points in the 19th century (1815-1913) using a modern econometric technique. The business cycle in the Netherlands is compared to the international (UK and US) business cycle for the second half of the sample. We conclude that business cycles do exist in the Netherlands in the 19th century – even before 1870. The Netherlands follows the international business cycle before 1870 and after 1890. In the in-between period the Dutch production could not meet both domestic demand and export demand.

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Paper provided by University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management) in its series Research Report with number 01C52.

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Date of creation: 2001
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  1. Bonenkamp, Jan & Jacobs, Jan & Kuper, Gerard H., 2001. "Measuring business cycles in The Netherlands, 1815-1913: a comparison of business cycle dating methods," Research Report 01C25, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).
  2. Smits, J.P., 2000. "The determinants of productivity growth in Dutch manufacturing, 1815 1913," European Review of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 4(02), pages 223-246, August.
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