Dataset 1 gives the annual means of interest rates organized by annuity-selling market and year. Rates are divided into heritable annuities, life annuities and a combined series in which rates on life annuities have been converted into means comparable with those of heritable annuities in years when rates on heritable annuities are not available.


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License CC-BY 4.0
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Version 1
Authors Huang, Angela and Chilosi, David and Sapoznik, Alexandra
Publication Date 2019
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Geographic Area (controlled) Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland
Geographic Area (free) Holy Roman Empire, Low Countries
Temporal Coverage (controlled) 1240-01-01 to 1809-12-31
Temporal Coverage (free) 14th-18th century (main data)
Unit Type Other
Number of Units 5740
Sampled Universe annuities sold by urban authorities across the Holy Roman Empire and Italy
Number of Variables
Last updated March 25, 2019
Created March 25, 2019