External Datasets

Underneath, we provide links to external websites which contain valuable datasets in the field of economic history.

Name of the database Description of the database

Agricultural Long Time Series for Hungary This website of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office presents data on agriculture stretching back to 1851.

Bank of England research datasets This website provides several micro-economic datasets such as household balance sheets and surveys of attitudes about inflation, as well as long-term macro-economic datasets about the financial sector.


Barro and Lee Database
This harvard website provides the data and description of the database of Barro and Lee (2010). This site contains five yearly data on attainment and average years of education for a large number of countries since 1950.

Bristol Customs accounts and port books This site contains excel files of customs accounts and port books of Bristol (1503 – 1600).

Burgundy Grape Harvest Dates French records of grape-harvest dates in Burgundy were used to reconstruct the spring-summer temperatures from 1370 to 2003 using a process-based phenology model developed for the Pinot Noir grape.

Catalogue of Norwegian official statistics This site contains an overview of historical statistics of Norway (1828 – 1976).

Clio-Infra An overview website aimed at allowing researchers to access datasets on variables such as GDP, human capital, life expectancy, population, wages and prices, etc from ca. 1500 onwards.
Cohen and Soto Estimates of years of schooling Cohen and Soto (2001) extent the work of de la Fuente and Doménech (2002) to include 95 countries. They use 10 year intervals and try to minimize the extrapolations as many censuses are at 10 year intervals.
The data consists of average years of schooling for 95 countries at 10 year intervals. The data go back to the 1950s.
Colonial Latin America Economic Datasets A website maintaine dby Richard L. Garner. The website hosts Colonial Latin American datasets on commodity prices, mineral production, agricultural tithes, commercial exchange and royal finances
Consumer Prices in Denmark, 1502 – 2007 Pdf document of a working paper from Denmark’s Nationalbank (2009), developed by Kim Abdilgren. The data are at the end of the document.
Database Dutch Herring Fisheries, 1500 – 1795 The site contains information on Dutch herring fisheries. It also contains a dataset with average yearly catch per city and for Holland as a whole.
Data Hub Heights and Biological Standard of Living Datasets on Germany, USA, France, and Austria on heights stretching back to the 18th century.
Data Hub Historical Prices and Wages The Historical Prices and Wages site is intended as a data hub. It tries to make available historical prices and wages both by offering datasets and by referring to sites with historical data. It also contains a calculator which allows the user to calculate the value of the Dutch guilder for any year between 1450 and the current year.
Data Hub History of Work The History of Work site provides a classificationa nd description of occupational titles from countries arund the world from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.
Data Hub Human Capital The Human Capital hub is part of the Clio-Infra project and aims at making available data on human capital from 1800 onwards and, ultimately, going back to 1500.It offers links to human capital variables by offering datasets and by referring to sites with historical data.
Digital South Asia Library This website constains statistical abstracts of British India with statistics (both in digital book-form and in Excel) over the period 1840-1920.
Dutch Historical Time-Series (1800 – 1999) This publication (in Dutch: 200 jaar statistiek in tijdreeksen) contains time series on climate, GDP, population, agricture, and prices.
Dutch Imports and Taxes, (1700 – 1900) This website maintained by George Welling presents several Datasets on Dutch taxes and imports in the eighteenth century.
Dutch National Accounts, (1800 – 1913) Contains a both a description of the project and estimates of Dutch GDP and its components over the period 1800-1913
Economic History Society deposited datasets Currently two datsets are available: R.C. Allen, ‘Progress and poverty in Early Modern Europe,’, and P. King, ‘The production and consumption of bar iron in early modern England and Wales’
EH.net databases on monetary, export, population and prices Several datasets, such as U.S. Agricultural Workforce (1800-1900), U.S. Customs House Data (1854-59), U.S. Government Bond Trading Database (1776-1835), U.S. National Bank Notes (1864-1935), U.S. Population Series, U.S. Public Debt Issues (1775-1976), etc. .
Enqueste 1494 and Informacie 1514 From this website you can download the Enqueste of 1494 and the Infomacie of 1514. Both sources were surveys held by the government into the economic situation in Holland and provide a wealth of economic data.
Estatísticas do Século XX
This site on Brasil is divided into a part on population, social, political, and cultural statistics and a part on economic statistics, including prices. The data go back to the early twentieth century.
De La Fuente and Doménech Human Capital Datasets De La Fuente and Doménech (2002) constructed a revised dataset with the Barro and Lee data for 21 OECD countries. They used more data sources and, when more figures were available for the same country and year, they used the most plausible to avoid implausible jumps in the data.
Global Price and Income History Group
This site consists of historical data on prices, wages, and conversion rates from all over the world. It also contains a list of related publications and working papers.
Godo Dataset of Prices, GDP and Capital Stocks of the USA (1890 – 1997) Godo (2001) constructed a dataset consisting of GDP, physical capital stock, hours worked, persons employed, population, and average years of education per level of education (primary, secondary, and higher) for Japan and the United States between 1890 and 1997. In addition, it contains information on the lead, wheat, cotton, copper, iron, and crude oil price.
Groningen Growth and Development Center Datasets The GGDC has series on GDP, population, and per capita GDP on an extensive set of countries around the world stretching back to 1950.
Hadley Centre Central England Temperature (HadCET) dataset, ca. 1659-2008
The CET dataset is the longest instrumental record of temperature in the world. The mean, minimum and maximum datasets are updated monthly, with data for a month normally available by the 20th of the next month. The mean daily data begins in 1772 and the mean monthly data in 1659. Mean maximum and minimum daily and monthly data are also available, beginning in 1878.
Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign Born Population of the United States (1850 – 1999)
This site contains the text of a paper by Campbell J. Gibson and Emily Lennon which was published as US Bureau of the Census Population Division Working Paper no.29 in 1999. It provides a set of detailed statistical information on immigrant populations during the period 1850-1990, with figures being taken from the dicennial censuses. Data available includes: age and sex distribution of the foreign born population, mother tongue, regional distribution within the USA and distribution of immigrants within metropolitan areas.
Historical Monetary Statistics of Sweden (1668 – 2008)
This datset contains a consumer price index 1290-2006, wages from 1540, exchange rates 1290-1834 and foreign exchanges from 1658 onwards, money supply from 1871 onwards, stock exchange from 1856 onwards, and central government loans from 1668 onwards.
Historical Monetary Statistics of Norway 1819-2003
The focus of this project has been to construct long time series of high quality for consumer prices, nominal bond yields, monetary aggregates, indicators of real activity (GDP), exchange rates, stock price indices, house prices and bank lending from 1819 onwards.
Historical statistics of Canada
This site contains several wage series, some starting as early as 1905, disaggregated per occupational category and sex. Equally, import –and export prices, wholesale and retail prices are available, some from 1867. Further, this site has GDP estimates available from 1926 to 1976 using both the production and expenditure approach.
Historical statistics of Iceland
This site of the National Economic Institute of Iceland contains data on Gross Domestic Product, Gross National Product and value of fixed assets, National Expenditure, General government, Industrial profitability and gross domestic factor income by industries, Labour market, Prices, earnings and working hours, Foreign trade, Foreign debt, Monetary and exchange rate matters, International comparison. Some series go back to 1901.
Historicalstatistics.org
This is a portal for historical statistics, with the main focus on macroeconomic data on Sweden in the 19th and 20th centuries. Series are presented, for example, on GDP, inflation, employment, interest rates, exchange rates, population, money supply, capital stocks, worked hours, wages, profit rates and business cycle indicators. It also contains links to websites with international statistics.