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Strategic factors in nineteenth century American economic history : a volume to honor Robert W. Fogel

Author: Robert William Fogel; Claudia Dale Goldin; Hugh Rockoff; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1992.
Series: Conference report (National Bureau of Economic Research)
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"Offering new research on strategic factors in the development of the nineteenth century American economy--labor, capital, and political structure--the contributors to this volume employ a methodology innovated by Robert W. Fogel, one of the leading pioneers of the "new economic history." Fogel's work is distinguished by the application of economic theory and large-scale quantitative evidence to long-standing
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Named Person: Robert William Fogel; Robert William Fogel
Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert William Fogel; Claudia Dale Goldin; Hugh Rockoff; National Bureau of Economic Research.
ISBN: 0226301125 9780226301129
OCLC Number: 24629499
Notes: Papers presented at a conference held Mar. 2-3, 1991 in Cambridge, Mass.
Description: ix, 491 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Robert William Fogel : an appreciation by a coauthor and colleague / Stanley L. Engerman --
Robert William Fogel : an appreciation by an adopted student / Donald N. McCloskey --
The market for manufacturing workers during early industrialization : the American Northeast, 1820 to 1860 / Kenneth L. Sokoloff and Georgia C. Villaflor --
Wages, prices, and labor markets before the Civil War / Claudia Goldin and Robert A. Margo --
Structural change in the farm labor force : contract labor in Massachusetts agriculture, 1750-1865 / Winifred B. Rothenberg --
Farm tenancy in the antebellum North / Donghyu Yang --
Regional interest rates in antebellum America / Howard Bodenhorn and Hugh Rockoff. Money versus credit rationing : evidence for the national banking era, 1880-1914 / Michael D. Bordo, Peter Rappoport, and Anna J. Schwartz --
Precedence and wealth : evidence from nineteenth-century Utah / David W. Galenson and Clayne L. Pope --
The wealth of women, 1774 / Alice Hanson with the assistance of Boris Simkovich --
Adult mortality in America before 1900 : a view from family histories / Clayne L. Pope --
Toward an anthropometric history of African-Americans : the case of the free Blacks in antebellum Maryland / John Komlos --
The slave family : a view from the slave narratives / Stephen Crawford --
The fertility transition in the United States : tests of alternative hypotheses / Richard H. Steckel. Trading quantity for quality : explaining the decline in American fertility in the nineteenth century / Jenny Bourne Wahl --
The profitability of early Canadian railroads : evidence form the Grand Trunk and Great Western railway companies / Ann M. Carlos and Frank Lewis --
The rise and fall of urban political patronage machines / Joseph D. Reid, Jr., and Michael M. Kurth --
Dividing labor : urban politics and big-city construction in late-nineteenth-century America / Gerald Friedman.
Series Title: Conference report (National Bureau of Economic Research)
Other Titles: Strategic factors in 19th century American economic history.
Responsibility: edited by Claudia Goldin and Hugh Rockoff.
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"Offering new research on strategic factors in the development of the nineteenth century American economy--labor, capital, and political structure--the contributors to this volume employ a methodology innovated by Robert W. Fogel, one of the leading pioneers of the "new economic history." Fogel's work is distinguished by the application of economic theory and large-scale quantitative evidence to long-standing historical questions." "These sixteen essays reveal, by example, the continuing vitality of Fogel's approach. The authors use an astonishing variety of data, including genealogies, the U.S. federal population census manuscripts, manumission and probate records, firm accounts, farmers' account books, and slave narratives, to address collectively market integration and its impact on the lives of Americans. Students of labor history will find essays that reveal which laborers gained from early industrialization, how labor markets of the period responded to macroeconomic disturbances, and what role was played by contract labor in northern agriculture. For those with interests in monetary and financial history, there are essays that examine antebellum financial market integration, the effects of disturbances in financial markets on the real economy, and the accumulation and distribution of wealth. Demographers will benefit from five innovative studies: one setting forth new period and cohort mortality estimates, another on nutrition and health among free African-Americans, a revealing portrait of the slave family, and, lastly, two explaining the fertility decline. Finally, three essays are devoted to political economy, one to railroad financing in Canada and two to the economic consequences of urban politics in the United States.".

"The volume also includes two appreciations of Fogel written by Stanley L. Engerman and Donald N. McCloskey, and a bibliography of Fogel's writings. Economic historians will find the volume indispensable because of its wealth of new findings and conjectures about the nature of economic development in the nineteenth century; it also provides a basis for appreciating the contribution of the new economic history and Fogel's central role within it."--BOOK JACKET.

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