The total product of Barbados, 1664-1701

TitleThe total product of Barbados, 1664-1701
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsEltis, D
JournalThe Journal of Economic History [H.W.Wilson - SSA]
Volume55
Pagination321
ISBN Number0022-0507
KeywordsExport sales, Income/Barbados/History, Produce trade/Barbados/History, Slavery/Barbados
Abstract

  Estimates of total and per capita product for Barbados are derived for 1665 and 1666 and 1699 to 1701 from trade statistics and new data on the distribution and composition of produce entered into the customs books of the island. The share of exports in total product-central to the estimate of total product-is linked to the share of the labor force in the export sector. Per capita Barbados product is estimated to have been one- to two-thirds higher than in England and Wales, and per capita exports are estimated well above those of their Chesapeake counterparts. Reprinted with the permission of Cambridge University Press.