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Japan and the Great Divergence

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, text
  • Broadberry, Stephen (Nuffield College, Oxford)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
    • Award Number: 3652
  • Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
    • Award Number: 09/10-95
  • Global COE Hi-Stat program
    • Award Number: Japanese Ministry of Education
  • US National Science Foundation
    • Award Number: 34-3476-00-09-781-7700
  • European Commission 7th framework Programme
    • Award Number: SSH7-CT-2008-225342
Free Keywords
Great Divergence
  • Abstract

    This is the replication file for "Japan and the Great Divergence, 730-1874". Despite being the first Asian economy to achieve modern economic growth, Japan has received relatively little attention in the Great Divergence debate. New estimates suggest that although the level of GDP per capita remained below the level of northwest Europe throughout the period 730-1874, Japan experienced positive trend growth before 1868, in contrast to the negative trend growth experienced in China and India, leading to a Little Divergence within Asia. However, growth in Japan remained slower than in northwest Europe so that Japan continued to fall behind until after the institutional reforms of the early Meiji period. The Great Divergence thus occurred as the most dynamic part of Asia fell behind the most dynamic part of Europe.
Temporal Coverage
  • 0730-01-01 / 1874-12-31
    Time Period: Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 730--Thu Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1874
  • 2009-12-01 / 2018-11-01
    Collection Date(s): Tue Dec 01 00:00:00 EST 2009--Thu Nov 01 00:00:00 EDT 2018
Geographic Coverage
  • Japan
  • Britain
Sampled Universe
Population of Japan and BritainSmallest Geographic Unit: nation
Collection Mode
  • other~~


Update Metadata: 2019-10-31 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-31

Broadberry, Stephen (2018): Japan and the Great Divergence. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.