African Population Database 1850-1960

Data:

Frankema-Jerven African Population Database 1850-1960, version 1.0

FRANKEMA-JERVEN African Population Database 1850-1960, version 2.0

FRANKEMA-JERVEN African Population Database 1850-1960, version 3.0

 

Source: Frankema, E. and Jerven, M. (2014). ‘Writing History Backwards and Sideways: Towards a Consensus on African Population, 1850-present‘ Economic History Review 67, S1, 907-931

Note: The population estimates in this dataset are best guesses based on backward projections 1950-1850 with country specific modifications. They do not represent actual population counts. For a description of the methods used to reach the annual population totals please see Frankema, E. and Jerven, M. (2014). ‘Writing History Backwards and Sideways: Towards a Consensus on African Population, 1850-present’ Economic History Review 67, S1, 907-931. The authors welcome comments and suggestions for improvements of the database.

Compared to versions 1.0 and 2.0, version 3.0 of the database uses the revised 2019 UN World Population Prospects data for the period 1950-2020 and new 1950 benchmarks for backward extrapolation 1950-1850. While this revision doesn’t alter the total African estimate for 1850 much, the new data can make a more siginifcant difference for several individual African countries.

Comments

  1. Note 64 of the EHR essay references this website for “a detailed description of our data,” but I see nothing here that adds to that essay. Is it possible to access the data used in Figure 2a?

    1. Dear David,
      The description is included in the data-file, please feel free to contact me if anything regarding the construction/sources remains unclear.
      Best wishes, Ewout ([email protected])

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