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Building the Cape of Good Hope Panel

Fourie, Johan and Green, Erik LU (2018) In History of the Family 23(3). p.493-502
Abstract

To study the intergenerational dynamics of productivity, social mobility and demographic change of any contemporary society is a challenge. To do this for a pre-industrial society at the southern tip of Africa seems almost impossible. Yet this is the purpose of the Cape of Good Hope Panel, an annual panel data set–still under construction–of Cape Colony settler tax records over almost two centuries. The transcription of this ambitious project is now in its fourth year. Here we describe the history of the project, the transcription process, and present some preliminary results.

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Africa, Big data, colonialism, institutions, longitudinal, settler, VOC
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History of the Family
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23
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3
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493 - 502
publisher
Taylor & Francis
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  • scopus:85052088566
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1081-602X
DOI
10.1080/1081602X.2018.1509367
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English
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  title        = {Building the Cape of Good Hope Panel},
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  volume       = {23},
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