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Growth of Scottish towns and burghs in the 19th century: a spatial econometric perspective

Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Venue: Room 5007, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: free

Growth of Scottish towns and burghs in the 19th century: a spatial econometric perspective

All are welcome to the Economics department's Research Seminar Series 2018. This week we are joined by Professor Arnab Bhattacharjee, Professor of Economics and the Director of the Spatial Economics and Econometrics Centre, Heriot-Watt University.

Abstract:

We complete a preliminary analysis of the quantitative data embedded in important survey documents, which have (close to) universal coverage of Scotland. The two most important documents are the 'old' Statistical Account of Scotland, undertaken by Sir John Sinclair of Ulster in the period 1790 and 1796, and the New Statistical Account of Scotland, undertaken by the Society of Sons and Daughters of Scottish Ministers, in the period 1834 - 35. We add to these data observations from the 1st - 5th Censuses of Great Britain (undertaken decennially from 1801), the Reports of the Royal Commission on Religious Instruction in Scotland, 1837 - 1839, and miscellaneous Parliamentary Papers. Based on census data, we apply methods in spatial econometrics to identify a pattern of spatial effects in economic growth, which is supported by the Statistical Accounts.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Dr Shaikh Eskander
Email: Shaikh.Eskander@kingston.ac.uk

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