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LATIN AMERICAN FOREIGN TRADE STATISTICS FOR THE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURIES*

  • Sandra Kuntz-Ficker (a1)
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This essay aims to introduce an issue of the RHE-JILAEH dedicated to the reconstruction of historical trade statistics of Latin American countries. It comments on the early perceptions of the quality and utility of historical trade statistics and on the way in which more recent analyses have overcome the distrust that prevailed until the last third of the 20th century. It then summarises the different criteria and methodologies that have been used to assess the accuracy and reliability of trade statistics in order to make them useful for the purpose of reconstructing new, more complete and precise trade series or re-estimating those available. The introduction ends with a brief description of the contents of this volume.

Este ensayo se plantea como propósito introducir el número de la RHE-JILAEH que se dedica a la reconstrucción de estadísticas históricas del comercio de países latinoamericanos. Comenta las percepciones tempranas sobre la calidad y utilidad de las estadísticas históricas del comercio y la manera en que análisis más recientes han superado la desconfianza que prevalecía hasta el último tercio del siglo XX. Luego, el ensayo resume los distintos criterios y metodologías que se han utilizado para valorar la exactitud y confiabilidad de las estadísticas comerciales con el fin de hacerlas útiles para el propósito de reconstruir nuevas series, más completas y precisas, o re-estimar las existentes. La introducción concluye con una breve descripción del contenido de este volumen.

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I thank all the colleagues who participated in this project for their commitment to our goals and for the careful reciprocal reading that allowed us all to improve our papers.

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Centro de Estudios Históricos, El Colegio de México, Camino al Ajusco 20, Colonia Pedregal de Santa Teresa, Delegación Tlalpan, 10740 Ciudad de México, Mexico. skuntz@colmex.mx

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