The German National Income in selected German States between 1851 and 1913

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Hoffmann, W. G.
  • Müller, J. H.
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    The study at hand is a pioneer work of compiling statistical materials on the German national income in a comparable form for a period of more than 100 years. This is meant to be a cornerstone of the detailed analysis of the growth process of the German national economy. As a matter of fact, the structural changes of the German economy within the last 100 years can be presented by means of cross-sectional analysises for certain points of time. Thus essential facts as related to economic history are arranged in a systematic order as well. In addition, time series are analysed in order to make the explanation of the underlying development possible. Consequently, the findings resulting from this study could offer a primary basis for the verification of theories on growth, and for the judgment of future chances of development. Due to considerable efforts in this regard, such estimated figures on the national income are disposable for several countries. In this context, the study in hand closes the gap in the German statistical reports in the mentioned field. The study proves that, in this field of research, many difficulties have to be overcome; above all, it must be stated that the statistical materials are partly incomplete and make the realisation of such a project appear venturesome. However, the results prove that taking the risk pays off in the end. So the authors pin their hopes on an ensuing evaluation, as far as feasible, of the obtained data. Additionally, they would appreciate if these data were completed by means of criticism and new research, whereby different methods could be applied as well. According to its purpose, the study in hand is limited to the presentation of statistical materials without interpreting them. The attempt to evaluate the results of this study in order to provide an analysis on the growth rate of the German national economy seems premature yet; the work accomplished so far is simply not sufficient. Apart from the lack of absolute figures on the national income, a detailed structural analysis of the German national income has still not been completed for this purpose. In fact, the focus of the analysis lies on the determination of nominal values for the national income. Details on the real income, on the other hand, are restricted to a brief analysis, as the authors are of the opinion that the disposible price series are insufficient as regards a study on the real income. It is beyond doubt that they cannot imply all major components, in particularly those of earlier periods. The named long-term work has been made possible by the financial support of the Social Science Research Council and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; the latter has also contribute to the printing costs. In their turn, the authors would like to express their gratefulness for the generous assistance on the part of these two institutions.” (W.G. Hoffmann / J.H. Müller (1959), S. V-VI). Classification of tables: A. Germany, overwiew B. Prussia C. State or region A. Overview: German national income per type of income (1851-1957) A. Overview: national income in Germany and in single federal states (1871-1936) A. Overview: the national income per capita in Germany and in single federal states (1871-1936) B. The national income in Prussia (1851-1913) C. Uncorrected income per capita of the population and national income per capita of the population in selected years (1900-1913) C. The national income in Hamburg and Bremen (1871-1913) C The national income in Hesse (1872-1913) C. The national income in Saxony (1874-1913) C. The national income in Baden (1885-1913) C. The national income in Württemberg (1904-1913) C. The national income in Bavaria (1911-1913)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1851 / 1913
Geographic Coverage
  • Historical German lands (-1871) (DQDE)
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
  • Prussia, Hamburg, Bremen, Hesse, Saxony, Baden, Wuerttemberg, Bavaria
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 42
    Number of Variables: 163
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8224 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Hoffmann, W.G.; Müller, J.H.: Das Deutsche Volkseinkommen 1851-1957. Tübingen: Mohr 1959.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23