Maddison Data on the World Economy

Humberto Barreto, DePauw University
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This material was originally created for Starting Point: Teaching Economics
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.


This file enables a professor or student to use Excel to explore growth patterns and variation using Maddison's data.
Charting is made simple and country comparisons are a snap. Growth rates can be computed and compared.

Learning Goals

  • Country and world economic literacy.
  • Understanding growth rates, including how they are computed and interpreted.
  • Easy presentation of data.
  • Generating thought-provoking questions and exploration.

Context for Use

This powerful data set can be used at the Introductory level to teach basic literacy or in Intermediate Macro, Development, or
Comparative Systems courses.
The primary contribution is for professors and students to easily and quickly display the data and make interesting comparisons.

Description and Teaching Materials

The Excel workbook contains an Instructor's Notes sheet with more detail, but the logic and use is immediately obvious. Use the macro-enhanced workbook to create your own examples.
Maddison Data on the World Economy (Excel 1.3MB May6 10)

Teaching Notes and Tips

See the Instructor's Notes in the Excel file.


References and Resources