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Unequal gains : American growth and inequality since 1700

Author: Peter H Lindert; Jeffrey G Williamson
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Series: Princeton economic history of the Western world
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Unequal Gains offers a radically new understanding of the economic evolution of the United States, providing a complete picture of the uneven progress of America from colonial times to today."--Provided by publisher
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter H Lindert; Jeffrey G Williamson
ISBN: 9780691170497 0691170495
OCLC Number: 965782849
Notes: 40025949704
Description: xvii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Persistent debate, a new approach, more data, rich findings --
Colonial incomes on the eve of the Revolution --
When did Colonial America get rich? --
Losing the lead : the cost of revolution and independence --
Unequal economic growth, 1800-1860 --
The Civil War : growth lost, freedom gained, inequality maintained --
Contending forces : American incomes across the late nineteenth century --
The greatest leveling of all time --
Rising inequality once more, since the 1970s --
Inequality and growth : history lessons for the future --
Appendix A.A guide to the 1774 and 1800 income estimates --
Appendix B. Salaries, payment in kind, and workdays --
Appendix C. Estimating slaves' retained earnings, Colonial times to 1860 --
Appendix D. American versus British prices, 1640-1875 --
Appendix E.A guide to the 1860 income estimates, and some modifications for 1850 --
Appendix F.A guide to the 1870 income estimates --
Appendix G. Farm operators' incomes in 1870 --
Appendix H. Sources and notes to tables and figures in main text
Series Title: Princeton economic history of the Western world
Responsibility: Peter H. Lindert and Jeffrey G. Williamson

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