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

Jacob Metzer and Oded Kaplan

The Journal of Economic History, 1985, vol. 45, issue 2, 327-345

Abstract: 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.

Date: 1985
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