Business Cycles and Growth in Germany between 1895 to 1914

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Grabas, Margrit (Universität des Saarlandes, Historisches Institut)
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    This study of Magrit Grabas deals with the process of Germany´s industrial and econommical development from 1885 to 1914, analysed on the basis of substantial statistics (time series data. Main emphasis of the analysis about the historical economic situation is a quantitative market analysis of the economic development´s process from 1895 to 1914 in Germany. Aim is to describe similarities and differences of three economical cycles falling into this period and in particular the three growth crises 1900/1901, 1907/1908 as well as 1913. Furthermore, the author defines and analyses an economical ´prosperity constellation´ of the period 1895-1914, relevant in their meaning for the explanation of the process of cyclical development. Within this study is is also analysed wether there has been signs for a transition toward a new growth period and how relevant thereby has been the diffusion of technical progress. In the context of this study monthly data of 7 sub-areas and yearly data of 11 sub-areas are conducted. The data are free available as time series via the downloadsystem HISTAT. Factual classification of data tables (time series) offered by the downloadsystem HISTAT: I. Monthly Data of Economic Statistics about the Development in Germany and in the USA 1895 to 1914 1. Tables of Price Development of selected goods in wholsale and trade 2. Production and Consumption Development in Germany 3. Foreign Trade Development in Germany - Total Development and Development by product groups 4. Development of the Labour Market in Germany 5. Development of the Financial Market in Germany 6. Other Developments in Germany 7. Selected Indicators of Cyclical Develompents in the USA II. Yearly Data of Economic Statistics (time series) about the Development in Deutschland 1895 to 1914 1. Development of Industry and Industrial Facilities as well as of employment in Prussia (Total as well as by selected Industrial Lines) 2. Development of the Establishment of Industrial Stock Companies in Germany (Total as well as by selected Industrial Lines) 3. Bancrupties, Rentability and Earnings in selected Industrial Lines in Germany 4. Railway-Transportation of Goods 5. Developments of Railway-line´s length 6. Investments of 17 worsted yarn spinning companies in Germany 7. Production and Labour Productivity in Germany´s Heavy Industry 8. Shipbuildung of German Shipyards 9. Electrification in Germany - selected Indicators 10. Development of the Building Industry (Housebuilding, Industrial Buildung and official Buildung) in Germany - selected Indicators 11. Other Developments
Temporal Coverage
  • 1895 / 1914
Geographic Coverage
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 240
    Number of Variables: 351
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8149 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Grabas, Margrit: Konjunktur und Wachstum in Deutschland von 1895 bis 1914. In: Schriften zur Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Bd. 39, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1992.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23