Energy as an Indicator of Modernization in Latin America, 1890–1925

36 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2010

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Mar Rubio

Public University of Navarre - Department of Economics

César Yáñez

Independent

Mauricio Folchi

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Economics and Business (DEB)

Albert Carreras

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Abstract

In the absence of comparable macroeconomic indicators for most of the Latin American economies before the 1930s, the apparent consumption of energy is used in this paper as a proxy of the degree of modernization of Latin America and the Caribbean. This paper presents an estimate of the apparent consumption per head of modern energies (coal, petroleum, and hydroelectricity) for 30 countries of the region, 1890 to 1925. As a result, it provides the basis for a quantitative comparative analysis of modernization performance beyond the few countries for which historical national accounts are available in Latin America.

Suggested Citation

Rubio Varas, Maria del Mar and Yáñez, César and Folchi, Mauricio and Carreras, Albert, Energy as an Indicator of Modernization in Latin America, 1890–1925. The Economic History Review, Vol. 63, No. 3, pp. 769-804, August 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1635512 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0289.2009.00463.x

Maria del Mar Rubio Varas (Contact Author)

Public University of Navarre - Department of Economics ( email )

Universidad Publica de Navarra
Campus Universitario
Pamplona, 31006
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.unavarra.es/mar_rubio/

César Yáñez

Independent ( email )

Mauricio Folchi

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Economics and Business (DEB) ( email )

Barcelona, 08005
Spain

Albert Carreras

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain

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