Some British Empiricists in the Social Sciences, 1650-1900

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521128452
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Series: Raffaele Mattioli Lectures Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

First Lecture
The Political Arithmeticians 3
Ch. 1 William Petty and the Birth of National Accounting 5
Ch. 2 Charles Davenant and the Analysis of Taxes 49
Ch. 3 Gregory King and the Development of Economic Statistics 71
Second Lecture
Progress in Economic Statistics 117
Ch. 4 William Fleetwood and the Birth of Index-Numbers 119
Ch. 5 Arthur Young and the Concept of Value Added 141
Ch. 6 Patrick Colquhoun and the Accounts of the British Empire 183
Third Lecture
Demography and Vital Statistics 205
Ch. 7 John Graunt and the Birth of Demographic Statistics 207
Ch. 8 Edmond Halley and the First Life Table 237
Ch. 9 William Farr and the Development of Vital Statistics 253
Fourth Lecture
Quantitative Social Studies 275
Ch. 10 Frederick Morton Eden and the Poor of England 277
Ch. 11 Florence Nightingale and Hospital Reform 303
Ch. 12 Charles Booth and the London Working Classes 339
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