Some British Empiricists in the Social Sciences, 1650-1900

Some British Empiricists in the Social Sciences, 1650-1900

by Richard Stone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521128455

ISBN-13: 9780521128452

Pub. Date: 02/04/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

These lectures focus on twelve pioneers of economic, demographic and social statistics ranging from the seventeeth century to the end of the nineteeth century. The first lecture discusses the work of the political arithmeticians including William Petty, Founding Fellow of the Royal Society. The second lecture considers three steps in the development of quantitative…  See more details below

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These lectures focus on twelve pioneers of economic, demographic and social statistics ranging from the seventeeth century to the end of the nineteeth century. The first lecture discusses the work of the political arithmeticians including William Petty, Founding Fellow of the Royal Society. The second lecture considers three steps in the development of quantitative economics in the form of Bishop Fleetwood, Arthur Young and Patrick Colquhoun. In the third lecture Stone turns to demography, and to John Graunt, Edmond Halley and William Farr. The fourth lecture deals with social statistics in the persons of Frederick Morton Eden, Florence Nightingale and Charles Booth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521128452
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2010
Series:
Raffaele Mattioli Lectures Series
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue
First Lecture
The Political Arithmeticians3
Ch. 1William Petty and the Birth of National Accounting5
Ch. 2Charles Davenant and the Analysis of Taxes49
Ch. 3Gregory King and the Development of Economic Statistics71
Second Lecture
Progress in Economic Statistics117
Ch. 4William Fleetwood and the Birth of Index-Numbers119
Ch. 5Arthur Young and the Concept of Value Added141
Ch. 6Patrick Colquhoun and the Accounts of the British Empire183
Third Lecture
Demography and Vital Statistics205
Ch. 7John Graunt and the Birth of Demographic Statistics207
Ch. 8Edmond Halley and the First Life Table237
Ch. 9William Farr and the Development of Vital Statistics253
Fourth Lecture
Quantitative Social Studies275
Ch. 10Frederick Morton Eden and the Poor of England277
Ch. 11Florence Nightingale and Hospital Reform303
Ch. 12Charles Booth and the London Working Classes339

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