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Quantitative Methods and Economic Statistical Sources for African History

Jerven, Morten LU (2018)
Abstract
The mode of enquiry in African economic history has changed quite radically in recent years. In 1987, Patrick Manning surveyed practices and databases in African economic history and compared empirical strategies of scholars who studied the African past. Current practice, which A. G. Hopkins called “new African economic history,” incorporates econometric methods. The specific methods chosen and the types of source material used have implications for what kind of questions are asked and how they can be answered. The dominant mode of research in current African economic history, responding to some of the new challenges posed by econometric work by economists, is to create new data sets and databases that allow more consistent analysis of... (More)
The mode of enquiry in African economic history has changed quite radically in recent years. In 1987, Patrick Manning surveyed practices and databases in African economic history and compared empirical strategies of scholars who studied the African past. Current practice, which A. G. Hopkins called “new African economic history,” incorporates econometric methods. The specific methods chosen and the types of source material used have implications for what kind of questions are asked and how they can be answered. The dominant mode of research in current African economic history, responding to some of the new challenges posed by econometric work by economists, is to create new data sets and databases that allow more consistent analysis of economic change over time. (Less)
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African economic history, African economy, Quantitative methods, statistics, data availability
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10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.234
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  abstract     = {The mode of enquiry in African economic history has changed quite radically in recent years. In 1987, Patrick Manning surveyed practices and databases in African economic history and compared empirical strategies of scholars who studied the African past. Current practice, which A. G. Hopkins called “new African economic history,” incorporates econometric methods. The specific methods chosen and the types of source material used have implications for what kind of questions are asked and how they can be answered. The dominant mode of research in current African economic history, responding to some of the new challenges posed by econometric work by economists, is to create new data sets and databases that allow more consistent analysis of economic change over time.},
  author       = {Jerven, Morten},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {11},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  title        = {Quantitative Methods and Economic Statistical Sources for African History},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.234},
  doi          = {10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.234},
  year         = {2018},
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