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Population, urbanisation and farm output in early modern Japan, 1600-1874: a review of data and benchmark estimates

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  • Saito, Osamu
  • Takashima, Masanori

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The aim of this paper is to provide revised estimates of population totals, primary-sector output and urbanisation rates between 1600 and 1874 – covering the entire Tokugawa era plus the Tokugawa-Meiji transition period – with new benchmark years. Having checked previous estimates and data, both Tokugawa and early Meiji, on which those estimates were based, several revisions and improvements have been made. The new benchmark estimates of these indicators will serve as a good preparation for estimating historical national accounts of early modern Japan.

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  • Saito, Osamu & Takashima, Masanori, 2015. "Population, urbanisation and farm output in early modern Japan, 1600-1874: a review of data and benchmark estimates," RCESR Discussion Paper Series DP15-3, Research Center for Economic and Social Risks, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hit:rcesrs:dp15-3
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    1. Bassino, Jean-Pascal & Broadberry, Stephen & Fukao, Kyoji & Gupta, Bishnupriya & Takashima, Masanori, 2019. "Japan and the great divergence, 730–1874," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 72(C), pages 1-22.
    2. Ramseyer J. Mark, 2020. "On the Invention of Identity Politics: The Buraku Outcastes in Japan," Review of Law & Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 16(2), pages 1-95, July.

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