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Can anyone recommend a resource for very long term trade data? (1500-2014). I have looked and found bits and pieces here and there but haven't come across any single data-set covering all of it. I am thinking of mashing my own together but I really do expect it to have been done already.

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  • $\begingroup$ What have you looked at so far? $\endgroup$
    – jmbejara
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 2:24
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    $\begingroup$ Also, you should maybe give more specifics about what you're looking for. It's hard to tell, especially given the time period that you list. Data from centuries ago will certainly be different from data from decades ago. What kind of data do you have in mind? $\endgroup$
    – jmbejara
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 2:26
  • $\begingroup$ Relatively easy to find modern trade data, relatively easy to find old (>100 years trade data). I've yet to find them combined. $\endgroup$
    – Jamzy
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 2:27
  • $\begingroup$ Anything to do with trade volume and patterns. Origin-destination anything else is gravy. $\endgroup$
    – Jamzy
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 2:27
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, just noticed that googling "the sources of bilateral trade data" returns quite good sources. Like CoW's data on trade since after 1870. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 9:57

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Max Roser (2014) – ‘International Trade’. Our World in Data provides data on overall international trade growth during the requested time period, citing as their sources:

and many other sources...

I also enjoyed Trade and Empire, 1700-1870 and Sailing Away from Malthus: Intercontinental Trade and European Economic Growth, 1500-1800

Hope those help!

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  • $\begingroup$ +1: Lots of great resources. The Max Roser link itself cites a lot a what look like very useful resources. $\endgroup$
    – jmbejara
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 19:21
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    $\begingroup$ @Jamzy. Are you aware of this paper by Findlay and O'Rourke "Commodity market integration, 1500-2000" (nber.org/chapters/c9585.pdf)? Not sure they provide data, but a least they study what is known about trends in international commodity market integration during the second half of the second millennium. $\endgroup$
    – emeryville
    Commented Dec 24, 2015 at 7:52

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