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Title: Official Bolivian Trade Statistics (1910-1949): Landlockness and the limits of a standard accuracy approach
Author: Peres Cajías, José Alejandro
Carreras Marín, Anna
Keywords: Comerç exterior
Història econòmica
Mines d'estany
Amèrica Llatina
Foreign trade
Economic history
Tin mines
Latin America
Issue Date: Mar-2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Abstract: This paper aims to evaluate the accuracy of official Bolivian foreign trade statistics. Results show large discrepancies between Bolivian records and those of its main trade partners during the First World War. Whereas the gap decreased thereafter, it stayed particularly high in the case of exports. This seems to be explained by mistakes in the geographical assignment by the trade partners rather than by an overvaluation of official Bolivian figures. This suggests that landlockness may have had a significant negative effect on the accuracy of trade statistics from the, a priori, more reliable countries. The study also helps to revisit the debate concerning the effect that tin exploitation had on the rest of the Bolivian economy during the first half of the 20th century.
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It is part of: Revista de Historia Económica, 2018, vol. 36, num. 1, p. 53-86
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ISSN: 0212-6109
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Història Econòmica, Institucions, Política i Economia Mundial)

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