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 seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth 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: 9780521571456
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/1998
  • Series: Raffaele Mattioli Lectures Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

First Lecture: the Political Arithmeticians: 1. William Petty and the birth of national accounting; 2. Charles Davenant and the analysis of taxes; 3. Gregory King and the development of economic statistics; Second Lecture: Progress in Economic Statistics: 4. William Fleetwood and the birth of index numbers; 5. Arthur Young and the concept of value added; 6. Patrick Colquhoun and the accounts of the British Empire; Third Lecture: Demography and Vital Statistics: 7. John Graunt and the birth of demographic statistics; 8. Edmond Halley and the first life table; 9. William Farr and the development of vital statistics; Fouth Lecture: Quantitative Social Studies: 10. Frederick Morton Eden and the poor of England; 11. Florence Nightingale and hospital reform; 12. Charles Booth and the London working classes; Comments; Richard Stone: an autobiographical sketch; Bibliography of Richard Stone's works.
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