Jones-Obstfeld Saving, Investment, and Gold Data for 13 Countries
This page contains links to the data used for the paper
Saving, Investment, and Gold: A Reassessment of Historical Current Account Data
Matthew T. Jones
and Maurice Obstfeld.
Complete documentation of data sources is
in Appendix 9.2 of the publication. Please
study that document and the
before making use of the series offered here.
Jones_Obstfeld_Data.zip is a pkzip 5.7 Mb file containing all the Excel
and ASCII text files for all the countries. It includes the source data.
Complete data by country is available in the following spreadsheets
and text files below.
Each country spreadsheet has 4 basic pages. The first page contains the
final series for the country. Consult the
data file description below the data table for more detail.
Updates and changes
Each country spreadsheet has 4 basic worksheets. The first worksheet contains
the final series for the country.
Australia and the U.S. have extra worksheets described below.
|Data File Descriptions
GDP -- gross domestic product or net national product
CF -- capital formation, which includes changes in stocks/inventories
ST -- changes in stocks/inventories
CAO -- original current account data from historical sources
CAA -- our nongold current account CA_NG, which excludes all gold flows
SG -- net shipments or exports of gold
CMG -- change in the monetary gold stock
|GDP, capital formation, stocks etc. *called Kuznets in the
U.S., see below
||Gold flows and monetary stock
||Details on the data sources
||Flows of gold through the mints -- (Australia)
|More detailed data on the current account -- (Australia)
||Mostly more gold data -- (Australia)
||More gold data -- (Australia)
||National accounts data from Kuznets -- (U.S.)
||Data from U.S. Historical Statistics -- (U.S.)
||Data from the NBER Macrohistory database -- (U.S.)
|More detailed data on the current account -- (U.S.)
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