Health and Welfare during Industrialization

Health and Welfare during Industrialization

by Richard H. Steckel
     
 

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In this unique anthology, Steckel and Floud coordinate ten essays that bring a new perspective to inquiry about standard of living in modern times. These papers are arranged for international comparison, and they individually examine evidence of health and welfare during and after industrialization in eight countries: the United States, Britain, Sweden, the…  See more details below

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In this unique anthology, Steckel and Floud coordinate ten essays that bring a new perspective to inquiry about standard of living in modern times. These papers are arranged for international comparison, and they individually examine evidence of health and welfare during and after industrialization in eight countries: the United States, Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Japan, and Australia.
The essays incorporate several indicators of quality of life, especially real per capita income and health, but also real wages, education, and inequality. And while the authors use traditional measures of health such as life expectancy and mortality rates, this volume stands alone in its extensive use of new "anthropometric" data—information about height, weight and body mass index that indicates changes in nations' well-being. Consequently, Health and Welfare during Industrialization signals a new direction in economic history, a broader and more thorough understanding of what constitutes standard of living.

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Examines evidence of health and welfare during and after the process of industrialization in the US. Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Japan, and Australia. Considers several indicators of the quality of life, especially real per-capita income and health, real wages, education, and inequality. Augments traditional measures such as life expectancy and mortality rates with new anthropometric data such as height, weight, and body mass. The ten studies were presented at an April 1995 conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts; a conclusion has been added for publication. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780226771595
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Series:
National Bureau of Economic Research Project Report
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
476
File size:
8 MB

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