The 19th Century Antarctic Sealing Industry: Sources, Data and Economic Significance

26 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2010

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Bjørn Basberg

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics

Robert K. Headland

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 2008

Abstract

Sealing was the first exploitative industry in the Antarctic region. Throughout the 19th century it was characterized by large fluctuations in harvests and shifts in hunting grounds as seals were almost exterminated in some locations. The paper reviews the historical literature on this industry. In particular it reviews sources and data that relate the economic importance. So far, no one has succeeded in indicating the aggregate economic value of the industry. The main aim, therefore, is to explore new data, especially on market prices and catches that will enable us to assess more accurately the significance of the industry.

Suggested Citation

Basberg, Bjørn and Headland, Robert K., The 19th Century Antarctic Sealing Industry: Sources, Data and Economic Significance (September 2008). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 21/2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1553751 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1553751

Bjørn Basberg (Contact Author)

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Robert K. Headland

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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