Monthly and quarterly GDP estimates for interwar Britain

Publication date: 13 Nov 2009 | Publication type: NIESR Discussion Paper | NIESR Author(s): Mitchell, J; Weale, M | External Author(s): Solomou, S. | JEL Classification: N34, C82 | NIESR Discussion Paper Number: 348

We derive monthly and quarterly series of UK GDP for the inter-war period from a set of indicators that were constructed at the time. We proceed to illustrate how the new data can contribute to our understanding of the economic history of the UK in the 1930s and have also used the series to draw comparisons between recession profiles in the 1930s and the post-war period.

Keyword tags: 
economic history
national accounts
monthly GDP data
Great Depression