Founding Choices: American Economic Policy in the 1790s

Founding Choices: American Economic Policy in the 1790s

by Douglas A. Irwin
     
 

The political decisions made by the founding fathers were crucial to the success of the early republic. But the economic decisions they made were just as pivotal, ensuring the general welfare and common defense of the United States for decades to come. Founding Choices explores these economic choices and their profound influence on American life, westward

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The political decisions made by the founding fathers were crucial to the success of the early republic. But the economic decisions they made were just as pivotal, ensuring the general welfare and common defense of the United States for decades to come. Founding Choices explores these economic choices and their profound influence on American life, westward expansion, and influence abroad. Among the topics covered are finance, trade, and monetary and banking policy, with a focus on the factors guiding those policies and their end result. 

This book redresses the relative neglect of the economic achievements of the founders. It will be essential reading for historians and economists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226384740
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/15/2011
Series:
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,133,903
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

The Significance of the Founding Choices: Editors’ Introduction
Douglas A. Irwin and Richard Sylla

I. Politics

1. The Constitutional Choices of 1787 and Their Consequences
Sonia Mittal, Jack N. Rakove, and Barry R. Weingast

II. Policy

2. Financial Foundations: Public Credit, the National Bank, and Securities Markets
Richard Sylla

3. Revenue or Reciprocity? Founding Feuds over Early U.S. Trade Policy
Douglas A. Irwin

4. Monetary Policy and the Dollar
Peter L. Rousseau

5. Federal and State Commercial Banking Policy in the Federalist Era and Beyond
Howard Bodenhorn

6. The Other Foundings: Federalism and the Constitutional Structure of American Government
John Joseph Wallis

III. Business Organization and the Factors of Production

7. Rise of the Corporation Nation
Robert E. Wright

8. U.S. Land Policy: Founding Choices and Outcomes, 1781-1802
Farley Grubb

9. Free Labor and Slave Labor
Stanley L. Engerman and Robert A. Margo

10. Looking Backward: Founding Choices in Innovation and Intellectual Property Protection
B. Zorina Khan

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