Data and Methods

  • Klas RönnbäckEmail author
  • Oskar Broberg
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


In this chapter, we describe the sources, methods and data employed in our study. We motivate the research strategy to estimate the total return on investment, in contrast to some other measures of company profitability, and describe in detail the procedures of our calculations. The chapter furthermore describes the construction of the African Colonial Equities Database, with the Investor’s Monthly Manual as its key source. The process of assembling the data is explained, and potential problems with the dataset are discussed. The chapter finally outlines the additional sources employed in the study, such as The Barlow Rand Archive and business press like The Financial Times.


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  1. 1.Department of Economy and SocietyUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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