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Pieter (Jop) WOLTJER

Postdoc Economic History – University of Groningen

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Column: Historical Productivity Growth from Run of the Mill Industries

Evidence from the United States

Historically, productivity growth was not all about high tech sectors and research and development (R&D) expenditure. A new study published The Economic Journal finds that the great majority of productivity originated in other, more ‘run-of-the-mill’ industries. Continue reading “Column: Historical Productivity Growth from Run of the Mill Industries”

Article: The Composition of Capital and Cross-country Productivity Comparisons

ABSTRACT: The role of physical capital is typically found to be limited in accounting for differences in GDP per worker, but this result may be because capital is customarily assumed to be a homogenous unit. This assumption is misleading,  Continue reading “Article: The Composition of Capital and Cross-country Productivity Comparisons”

Article: The Sources of Growth in a Technologically Progressive Economy

The United States, 1899-1941

ABSTRACT: We develop new aggregate TFP growth estimates for the United States between 1899 and 1941, and sectoral estimates at the most disaggregated level so far, 38 industries. We include hard-to-measure services, and a refined measure of sectoral labour quality growth.  Continue reading “Article: The Sources of Growth in a Technologically Progressive Economy”

Chapter: Frontier Analysis

Frontier Analysis

ABSTRACT: A great deal of research in economics and business is devoted to the study of efficiency of individuals, organisations or entire economies. This chapter introduces a family of innovative techniques  Continue reading “Chapter: Frontier Analysis”

Column: An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble?

The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1835–1885

This paper uses a new trade dataset showing that sub-Saharan Africa experienced a terms of trade boom in the five decades (1835–1885) preceding the European “scramble for Africa” which was comparable to similar export booms in other parts  Continue reading “Column: An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble?”

Article: An Introduction to the African Commodity Trade Database, 1730-2010

ABSTRACT: 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 (1730-2010). Continue reading “Article: An Introduction to the African Commodity Trade Database, 1730-2010”

Working Paper: The Sources of Growth in a Technologically Progressive Economy

The United States, 1899-1941

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 find TFP-growth was lower than previously thought, Continue reading “Working Paper: The Sources of Growth in a Technologically Progressive Economy”

Dataset: African Commodity Trade Database

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). Continue reading “Dataset: African Commodity Trade Database”

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