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Modern energy consumption and economic modernisation in Latin America and the Caribbean between 1890 and 1925
Rubio Varas, M. del Mar; Yáñez, César; Folchi, Mauricio; Carreras, Albert
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
In the absence of comparable macroeconomic indicators for most of the Latin Americaneconomies before the 1930s, the apparent consumption of energy is used in this paper as a proxyof the degree of modernisation of Latin America and the Caribbean. This paper presents anestimate of the apparent consumption per head of modern energies (coal, petroleum andhydroelectricity) for 30 countries of Latin American and the Caribbean for 1890 to 1925,multiplying the number of countries for which energy consumption estimates were previouslyavailable. As a result, the paper provides the basis for a quantitative comparative analysis ofmodernisation performance beyond the few countries for which historical national accounts areavailable in Latin America.
Economic and Business History
energy consumption
economic modernisation
latin america
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