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Exploring and Sharing Asian Economic History: An Interim Report on the Asian Historical Statistics Database Project


  • Konosuke Odaka


This essay describes the aims and methods of an internationally linked, academic research project to create an economic database covering most of Asia. Named ASHSTAT, its purpose is to construct long-term, macro economic time series for the Russia, Central Asia, China, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Egypt, and Turkey, using a standardised national accounting framework designed to maximise the compatibility and comparability of the data. The essay also discusses the value of the project, citing several illustrative examples, to show how cross-country comparison as well as time-based analysis may enhance the understanding of national economic development.

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  • Konosuke Odaka, 2007. "Exploring and Sharing Asian Economic History: An Interim Report on the Asian Historical Statistics Database Project," Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series d07-227, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hst:hstdps:d07-227

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    1. Fukao, Kyoji & Ma, Debin & Yuan, Tangjun, 2006. "International comparison in historical perspective: Reconstructing the 1934-1936 Benchmark purchasing power parity for Japan, Korea, and Taiwan," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 43(2), pages 280-308, April.
    2. Bassino, Jean‐Pascal & Ma, Debin & Saito, Osamu, 2005. "Levels of Real Wages in Historic China, Japan and Southern Europe, 1700-1920―A Review of Evidence―," Economic Review, Hitotsubashi University, vol. 56(4), pages 348-369, January.
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