Population and Economy: From Hunger to Modern Economic Growth

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Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population has for the past two centuries been a constant source of inspiration and debate for scholars working on relationships between population and economy in a historical perspective. This book sets a new standard in this active and influential field of research. The contributors go beyond the conventional European and North American geographical boundaries, bringing out new empirical findings and developing new arguments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198296539
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tommy Bengtsson is Associate Professor of Economic History at Lund University. He is currently also Guest Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology.

Osamu Saito is Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Research at Hitotsubashi University.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 What Determined the Onset of Modern Progress in the Standard of Living? 21
2 Short-run and Secular Demographic Response to Fluctuations in the Standard of Living in England, 1540-1834 49
3 Population, Poverty, and Subsistence in China, 1700-2000 73
4 Population Growth and Population Regulation in Nineteenth-century Rural Scotland 111
5 Infant Mortality, Child Neglect, and Child Abandonment in European History: A Comparative Analysis 133
6 Malthus and North America: Was the United States Subject to Economics-Demographic Crises? 165
7 Malthus Revisited: Exploring Medium-Range Interactions between Economic and Demographic Forces in Historic Europe 183
8 Malthus in Latin America: Demographic Responses during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 213
9 Structural Factors Affecting the Short-term Positive Check in Croatia, Slavonia, and Srem in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 255
10 Determinants of Mortality Variability in Historical Populations and its Behavioural and Aggregate Consequences 279
11 Inequality in Death: Effects of the Agrarian Revolution in Southern Sweden, 1765-1865 301
12 Mortality and Economic Stress: Individual and Household Responses in a Nineteenth-century Belgian Village 335
13 Price Fluctuations, Family Structure, and Mortality in Two Rural Chinese Populations: Household Responses to Economic Stress in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century Liaoning 371
14 Mortality Responses to Short-term Economic Stress and Household Context in Early Modern Japan: Evidence from Two North-eastern Villages 421
15 Infant Mortality in Nineteenth-century Italy: Interactions between Ecology and Society 457
Index 491
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