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

  • Konosuke Odaka
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    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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    Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series with number d07-227.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2007
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    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.
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