Population and Economy: From Hunger to Modern Economic Growth

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This book of collected essays—an outcome of an A-session held at the 12th International Congress of Economic History in Madrid, 1998—sets a new standard in an 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

Introduction, Tommy Bengtsson and Osamu Saito
1. What Determined the Onset of Modern Progress in the Standard of Living, Julian Simon
2. Short-run and Secular Demographic Responses to Fluctuations in the Standard of Living in England, 1540-1834, Roger Schofiled
3. Malthusian Mythologies and Chinese Realities: The Population History of One-Quarter of Humanity, 1700-2000, James Z. Lee, Wang Feng, and Li Bozhong
4. Population Growth and Population Regulation in Nineteenth Century Rural Scotland, Michael Anderson
5. Infant Mortality, Child Neglect, and Child Abandonment in European History: A Comparative Analysis, Katherine A. Lynch
6. Malthus and North America: Was the United States Subject to Economic-Demographic Crises?, Michael R. Haines
7. Malthus Revisited: Exploring Medium-range Interactions between Economic and Demographic Forces in Historic Europe, David S. Reher and Jose Antonio Ortega Osona
8. Malthus in Latin America: Demographic Responses during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Alberto Palloni, Hector Perez Brignoli, and Elizabeth Arias
9. Structural Factors Affecting the Short-term Positive Check in Croatia, Slavonia, and Srem in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, E. A. Hammel and Patrick Galloway
10. Determinants of Mortality Variability in Historical Populations and Its Behavioural and Aggregate Consequences, Jose Antonio Ortega Osona
11. Inequality in Death: Effects of the Agrarian Revolution in Southern Sweden, 1765-1965, Tommy Bengtsson
12. Mortality and Economic Stress: Individual and Household Responses in a Nineteenth Century Belgian Village, George Alter and Michael Oris
13. Price Fluctuations, Family Structure, and Mortality in Two Rural Chinese Populations: Household Responses to Economic Stress in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Liaoning, Cameron D. Campbell and James Z. Lee
14. Mortality Responses to Short-term Economic Stress and Household Context in Early Modern Japan: Evidence from Two Northeastern Villages, Noriko O. Tsuya and Satomi Kurosu
15. Infant Mortality in Nineteenth Century Italy: Interactions between Ecology and Society, Marco Breschi, Renzo Derosas, and Matteo Manfredini

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