The African Commodity Trade Database (ACTD) aims to stimulate and deepen research on African and global economic history. The database provides export and import series at product level for more than two and a half centuries of African trade (1737-2010). The ACTD consists of three main parts which are continuously updated as we retrieve additional sources. Currently data for the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century is available below.
AUTHORS: Ewout Frankema, Angus Dalrymple-Smith, Pieter Woltjer, Leandre Bulambo
The ACTD consists of three parts: Pt. 1 covers the period 1737-1808 and presents the quantities (q) and official prices (p_off) of commodities coming from West Africa based on the British Customs Records (BCR); Pt. 2 covers the period 1808-1939 and presents the nominal value (v), quantities (q), prices (p), Terms-of_Trade (ToT), nominal export (ex) and import (im) values of a large set of commodities coming from various regions in sub-Saharan Africa; Pt. 3 covers the post-war period and will become available shortly.
|ACTD_1737t1808_v1_0 [Pt. 1]||q, p_off||WA||1737-1808||9,850|
|ACTD_1808t1939_v1_3 [Pt. 2]||v, q, p, ToT, ex, im||WA, EA, SA, IA||1808-1939||57,000|
Sources and Methods
|ACTD_1808t1939_notes [Pt. 2]||Methods and Nomenclature for ACTD 1808-1939|
|ACTD_1697t1808_raw_data [Pt. 1]||unprocessed, raw data from the BCR, 1697-1808|
IMPORTANT: the data underlying ‘African Commodity Trade Database‘ are freely available as long as the article below is cited appropriately:
Frankema, Ewout, Jeffrey Williamson and Pieter Woltjer. “An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble? The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1835-1885.” The Journal of Economic History 78, no. 1 (2018): 231-267.
- Market prices African commodities, 1730-1808
- Coastal prices African commodities French colonies, 1885-1939
- Values and quantities African trade, 1945-2010
|ACTD_1808t1939_v1_0 [Pt. 2]||v, q, p||WA, EA, SA, IA||1808-1939||20-12-2016|
|ACTD_1808t1939_v1_1 [Pt. 2]||v, q, p||WA, EA, SA, IA||1808-1939||02-03-2017|
|ACTD_1808t1939_v1_2 [Pt. 2]||v, q, p, ex, im||WA, EA, SA, IA||1808-1939||25-06-2017|
- Working Paper: Commodities, Prices and Risk [Pt. 1]
- Article: An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble? [Pt. 2]
- Article: An Introduction to the African Commodity Trade Database [Pt. 1-3]
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