DP9128 iPEHD ? The ifo Prussian Economic History Database

Author(s): Sascha O. Becker, Francesco Cinnirella, Erik Hornung, Ludger Woessmann
Publication Date: September 2012
Keyword(s): 19th century, county, database, economic history, Prussia
JEL(s): N13, N33
Programme Areas: Economic History
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This paper provides a documentation of the ifo Prussian Economic History Database (iPEHD), a county-level database covering a rich collection of variables for 19th-century Prussia. The Royal Prussian Statistical Office collected these data in several censuses over the years 1816-1901, with much county-level information surviving in archives. These data provide a unique source for micro- regional empirical research in economic history, enabling analyses of the importance of such factors as education, religion, fertility, and many others for Prussian economic development in the 19th century. The service of iPEHD is to provide the data in a digitized and structured way.