Jointly but Severally: Arab-Jewish Dualism and Economic Growth in Mandatory Palestine

Jacob Metzer, Oded Kaplan

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Newly estimated national accounting data for the Arab community are utilized to provide a comparative economic profile of the Arab and Jewish sectors in mandatory Palestine's dual economy. It is shown that the Arab economy grew substantially, but at a much slower rate than the Jewish economy. Productivity advance, however, seems to have made a significantly larger relative contribution to Arab growth. General and specific dualistic features of Arab-Jewish trade and their growth promoting effects are also explored, suggesting that the political conflict between the two communities played only a minor role in shaping their economic interrelationship and performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-345
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Economic History
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The study is part of a research project on the economy of Mandatory Palestine currently in progress at the Maurice Falk Institute and the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. Partial support was provided by funds granted by the Charles H. Revson Foundation of New York to the Jerusalem Institute. We are thankful to Scott Eddie, Stanley Engerman, Nachum Gross, Donald McCloskey, and the participants of the economic history workshop at University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago for their useful comments and suggestions.


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