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Keywords:

  • N01;
  • N15;
  • N35;
  • O53
  • economic development;
  • economic history;
  • Korea

Cliometric approaches to the economic history of Korea have emerged as a distinctive trend from the mid-1990s. They have quickly made profound changes to our understanding of Korea's economic history from 1700 to 1945. The most remarkable include identifying the long-term decline of agricultural productivity from around 1800, the subsequent upswing in economic development from the late nineteenth century, and the continuing growth during the Japanese colonial era, 1910–45. We survey primarily the Korean language literature that reports the achievements of this cliometric movement and speculate about the future research agenda.