There's a nice graph shown here: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/08/history-of-world-gdp/ [recently in article in the economist] which shows the change in the fraction of world GDP by country (PPP). If you follow this link back to the figure in the Economist, its says its unclear why GDP of China and India fell in 19th century. However, there's no normalisation for population change (i.e. to convert it to GDP per capita). I'd be interested in how seeing how much of the effect is due to change in population. Where can I get the historical population data to go along with this historical GDP data?

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That graph is based on Angus Maddison's well-known dataset Statistics on World Population, GDP and Per Capita GDP, 1-2008 . As the title indicates that dataset includes population figures and hence can provide per-capita GDP estimates as well as simple GDP estimates.

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