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Markets in History: Economic Studies of the Past

Markets in History: Economic Studies of the Past

by David W. Galenson


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In Markets in History leading economic historians present the results of their research on the scope of markets in economies past and present, ranging from English open fields in the age of Chaucer to racial discrimination in the age of Martin Luther King, Jr. All of these studies illustrate the rewards that are gained by blending the economist's use of analytical and statistical techniques with the historian's careful attention to reconstructing the past through the use of a variety of types of evidence. Markets in History will be of interest to all social scientists for its demonstration of the value of economic theory and econometrics in helping to understand the causes of changing allocations of resources and their consequences for economies and societies.

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ISBN-13: 9780521352000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/26/1990
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: The economies of historical economics Theodore W. Schultz; 1. The open fields of England: rent, risk and the rate of interest, 1300-1815 Donald N. McCloskey; 2. Labour market behaviour in colonial America: servitude, slavery and free labour David W. Galenson; 3. Productivity in American whaling: the New Bedford fleet in the nineteenth century Lance E. Davis, Robert E. Gallman and Teresa D. Hutchins; 4. Households on the American frontier: the distribution of income and wealth in Utah, 1850-1900 Clayne L. Pope; 5. Businessmen, the Raj and the pattern of government expenditure: the British Empire, 1860-1912 Lance E. Davis and Robert A. Huttenback; 6. The impact of the economy and the state on the economic status of blacks: a study of South Carolina Richard J. Butler, James J. Heckman and Brook Payner; Contributors; Index.

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