Modern Energy Consumption and Economic Modernisation in Latin America and the Caribbean between 1890 and 1925

56 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2008

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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 - Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences

Date Written: November 2007

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 modernisation 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 Latin American and the Caribbean for 1890 to 1925, multiplying the number of countries for which energy consumption estimates were previously available. As a result, the paper provides the basis for a quantitative comparative analysis of modernisation performance beyond the few countries for which historical national accounts are available in Latin America.

Keywords: Energy consumption, economic modernisation, Latin America

JEL Classification: N160, N760, Q430, O130

Suggested Citation

Rubio Varas, Maria del Mar and Yáñez, César and Folchi, Mauricio and Carreras de Odriozola, Albert, Modern Energy Consumption and Economic Modernisation in Latin America and the Caribbean between 1890 and 1925 (November 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1107152 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1107152

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 de Odriozola

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, 08005
Spain

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