Munich Personal RePEc Archive

Chinese National Income, ca. 1661–1933

Xu, Yi and Shi, Zhihong and Van Leeuwen, Bas and Ni, Yuping and Zhang, Zipeng and Ma, Ye (2015): Chinese National Income, ca. 1661–1933.

[img]
Preview
PDF
MPRA_paper_70873.pdf

Download (1MB) | Preview

Abstract

In recent decades, national income has become increasingly important as a measure of a nation’s economic health. In this study, we used a wide array of primary and secondary sources to arrive at values of the Chinese per capita gross domestic product (GDP) during the period of 1661–1933. We found a persistent decline in the per capita GDP between the 17th and 19th centuries, followed by a period of stagnation. This pattern, which shows up in many Asian countries, with the exception of Japan, provides a basis for improving our understanding of the patterns of global economic convergence and divergence.

UB_LMU-Logo
MPRA is a RePEc service hosted by
the Munich University Library in Germany.