Swedish harvests 1665-1820: Early modern growth in the periphery of European economy
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, ISSN 0358-5522, E-ISSN 1750-2837, no 1, 2-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Today, one of the greatest challenges facing macroeconomic history is to quantify economic growth in theearly modernperiod.Thisarticlepresentsand discusses a series of total and per capita harvest production in Sweden within present borders for the period 16651820. The series is based on three main indices: grain prices, subjective harvest assessments and tithes. Various sources of harvests are more reliable as indicators of relative changes than of absolute levels. For example, tithes probably only taxed between 15 and 60 per cent of the actual harvests, but seem to capture annual harvest fluctuations reasonably well. To estimate the absolute level ofpercapita harvests,the index of the per capitaharvestproduction is linked to data for the early nineteenth century, which are more reliable. The article argues that harvests stagnated during the studied period, which is in line with several other studies for various European countries. The annual fluctuations were substantial.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. no 1, 2-25 p.
economic growth; GDP; Early Modern Period; tithe; harvest; Sweden
Research subject Economic History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-27904DOI: 10.1080/03585520802631592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-27904DiVA: diva2:219969
ProjectsSveriges bruttonationalprodukt 1668-2005