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Pieter (Jop) WOLTJER

PostDoc Economic History – Wageningen University

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Working Paper: Commodities, Prices and Risk

The Changing Markets for Non-slave Products in Pre-abolition West Africa

ABSTRACT: Using a newly constructed dataset on the quantities and prices of African commodities over the long 18th century this paper provides new insights into the changing nature of the non-slave trade with West Africa in the era before the abolition Continue reading “Working Paper: Commodities, Prices and Risk”

Working Paper: Before she said “I do”

The Influence of Economic Structure and Demand for Labour on Dutch Unmarried Women’s Labour Force Participation during the Long Nineteenth Century

ABSTRACT: Extensive research has demonstrated that female labour force participation (FLFP) in Western Europe decreased during the second half of the nineteenth century. During this period, in the Netherlands, FLFP was even lower than in surrounding countries  Continue reading “Working Paper: Before she said “I do””

Working Paper: A Vision of the Growth Process in a Technologically Progressive Economy

ABSTRACT: We develop new aggregate and sectoral Total Factor Productivity (TFP) estimates for the United States between 1899 and 1941 through better coverage of sectors and better measured labor quality, and show TFP-growth was lower than previously thought, broadly based across sectors Continue reading “Working Paper: A Vision of the Growth Process in a Technologically Progressive Economy”

Working Paper: An Economic Rationale for the African Scramble

The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1845-1885

ABSTRACT: This is the first study to present a unified quantitative account of African commodity trade in the long 19th century from the zenith of the Atlantic slave trade (1790s) to the eve of World War II (1939). Drawing evidence from a new dataset Continue reading “Working Paper: An Economic Rationale for the African Scramble”

Working Paper: Taking Over

A New US/UK Productivity Benchmark and the Nature of American Economic
Leadership ca. 1910

ABSTRACT: This paper offers a direct industry-of-origin benchmark for the United States and the United Kingdom around 1910. The industry-of-origin approach allows for a disaggregation of international productivity differentials Continue reading “Working Paper: Taking Over”

Working Paper: The Great Escape

Technological Lock-in vs Appropriate Technology in Early Twentieth Century
British Manufacturing

ABSTRACT: America’s lead over Europe in manufacturing productivity from the late nineteenth century onwards has often been contributed to differences in initial conditions, trapping Europe in a relatively declining, labor-intensive and low-productive technological path. In this paper, I reassess the productivity dynamics in British manufacturing Continue reading “Working Paper: The Great Escape”

Working Paper: Comparing Productivity in the Netherlands, France, UK and US, ca. 1910

A New PPP Benchmark and its Implications for Changing Economic Leadership

ABSTRACT: This paper presents a new benchmark of output and relative prices (PPPs) for agriculture, mining and five manufacturing branches in the US, UK, France and the Netherlands around 1910. Continue reading “Working Paper: Comparing Productivity in the Netherlands, France, UK and US, ca. 1910”

Working Paper: A Comparison of Real Output and Productivity for British and American Manufacturing in 1935

ABSTRACT: The manufacturing productivity gap between the U.S. and the U.K. became much larger during the interwar period than existing estimates suggest. This paper presents a new estimate based on real value added and hours worked. Continue reading “Working Paper: A Comparison of Real Output and Productivity for British and American Manufacturing in 1935”

Working Paper: A Dataset on Comparative Historical National Accounts

Ca. 1870-1950, A Time-Series Perspective

ABSTRACT: This paper accompanies the Historical National Accounts datahub which presents an overview of the currently available studies on long-term economic growth across countries. Continue reading “Working Paper: A Dataset on Comparative Historical National Accounts”

Working Paper: The EU KLEMS Productivity Report

Issue 2

ABSTRACT: This report presents the second description of results obtained from the first release of the EU KLEMS Growth and Productivity Accounts, which have been released in March 2008. Continue reading “Working Paper: The EU KLEMS Productivity Report”

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