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Quantitative Economic History

The good of counting, 1st Edition

Edited by Joshua L. Rosenbloom

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The essays in this book use the analytical tools and theoretical framework of economics to interpret quantitative historical evidence, offering new ways to approach historical issues and suggesting entirely new types of evidence outside conventional archives. Rosenbloom has gathered together seven essays from leading quantitative economic historians, illustrating the breadth of scope and continued importance of quantitative economic history.

All of the chapters explore in one way or another the economic and social transformations associated with the emergence of an industrial and post-industrial economy, with most focusing on the transformations of the US economy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the technological innovations that factored into this transformation and the relationship between industrialization and rising wealth inequality.

Reviews

"This collection of new essays by important economic historians deals with a broad range of scholarly questions and marks an important contribution to the study of American economic history." Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester, USA.

Table of Contents

Contents, Preface, Acknowledgements, 1. Editor’s Introduction: The Good of Counting, Joshua L. Rosenbloom, 2. An Economic History of Bastardy in England and Wales, John Ermisch, 3. Epidemics, Demonstration Effects, and Municipal Investment in Sanitation Capital, Louis P. Cain and Elyce J. Rotella, 4. Profitability, Firm Size and Business Organization in Nineteenth Century U.S. Manufacturing, Jeremy Atack and Fred Bateman, 5. Railroads and Local Economic Development: The United States in the 1850s, Michael R. Haines and Robert A. Margo, 6. Did Refrigeration Kill the Hog-Corn Cycle?, Lee A. Craig and Matthew T. Holt, 7. Measuring the Intensity of State Labor Regulation During the Progressive Era, Rebecca Holmes, Price Fishback and Samuel Allen, 8. Reexamining the Distribution of Wealth in 1870, Joshua L. Rosenbloom and Gregory W. Stutes

About the Editor

Joshua Rosenbloom is Professor of Economics and Associate Vice Provast in Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Economic History

This long established series provides a platform for books which break new ground in the understanding of the development of the modern world economy. Equally rooted in economics and history, the series is not limited to any particular period or region. Individual titles focus on particular countries, key industries, themes, or international economic relations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS023000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUS055000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Reference
BUS069000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General