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The Iron and Steel Shipbuilding Data Set, 1825-1914: Sources, Coverage, and Coding Decisions

By Peter Thompson

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This article is a supporting document to my paper “Selection and Firm Survival. Evidence from the Shipbuilding Industry, 1825-1914”, Review of Economics and Statistics, 87(1):26-36, February 2005. The article provides a basic description of data sources, coverage and limitations, along with coding decisions made for the purposes of statistical analysis. The data are available at http://www.fiu.edu/~thompsop/data/shipbuilding/shipbuilding.html.

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