The mission of this site is to make available to the public the highest quality and most reliable historical data on important economic aggregates, with particular emphasis on nominal measures.
The data have been created using the highest standards of the fields of economics and history and are rigorously refereed by the most distinguished researchers in the fields. Beginning with the United States and United Kingdom and continuing with Japan and China, we will continue to add series from other countries under the same high standard.
The emphasis on nominal measures distinguishes this site. This is because to comprehend a past transaction or asset, one must begin with the contemporary value of the item. To make this valuation meaningful, it must be measured against the value of the appropriate economic indicator in that year. To understand the valuation from another year’s perspective, one must carry that measure forward against the changing value of the indicator.
Founders of MeasuringWorth
Lawrence H. Officer
Director of Research Samuel H. Williamson
Over the last five years the two of us have carried out research on alternative ways to compare the relative worth of things. During that time we developed several “calculators” on the web site EH.Net. In the summer of 2006 we started this site dedicated exclusively to exploring the question of how to measure worth. We continue to add to it and hope that our essay Measures of Worth and the User Guide are of help.
Our own money has financed all the calculators and data sets on this site. If you would like to support our work, please make a contribution so we can continue this valuable endeavor. If you are interested in becoming our sponsor, please contact one of us.
Board of Advisors
Jeremy Atack, Vanderbilt University
Stephen Broadberry, University of Warwick
Greg Clark, University of California, Davis
Lee Craig, North Carolina State University
Price Fishback, University of Arizona
C. Knick Harley, University of Oxford
Angus Maddison, University of Groningen
Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois
Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University
Larry Neal, University of Illinois
Richard Sutch, University of California, Riverside
Richard Sylla, New York University
Robert Whaples, Wake Forest University
Jeffrey Williamson, Harvard University
Gavin Wright, Stanford University
Yuliya Yurova: System Operator and Web Master
Offsite — Have you ever wondered what the price of gold was in 1907? Or what the GDP was in 1932? Presented here are many useful historic data sets that we developed in order to answer such questions. Some of these are currently hosted on EH.Net. The Annual ...
Offsite — The mission of the site is to make available to the public the highest quality and most reliable historical data on important economic aggregates, with particular emphasis on nominal measures. The data have been created using the highest standards of the fields of economics and history and are rigorously refereed by the most distinguished researchers in the fields. ...