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Regional variation of GDP per head within China, 1080-1850: implications for the great divergence debate

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We examine regional variation in Chinese GDP per head for five benchmark years from the Song dynasty to the Qing. For the Ming and Qing dynasties, we provide a breakdown of regional GDP per head across seven macro regions, establishing that East Central China was the richest macro region. In addition, we provide data on the Yangzi Delta, the core of East Central China, widely seen as the richest part of China since 1400. Yangzi Delta GDP per head was 64 to 67 per cent higher than in China as ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Nuffield College
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University of Oxford Publisher's website
Series:
Oxford Economic and Social History Working Papers
Publication date:
2022-06-28
Paper number:
196
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English
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1266512
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pubs:1266512
Deposit date:
2022-07-04

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