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- DescriptionCombining theoretical work with careful historical description and analysis of new data sources, History Matters makes a strong case for a more historical approach to ecomics, both by argument and by example. Seventeen original essays, written by distinguished ecomists and ecomic historians, use ecomic theory and historical cases to explore how and why history matters. The chapters, which range in subject matter from the ecomic theory of irreversible investment to the nineteenth-century decline in U.S. rural fertility to the English poor law reform, are unified by three themes. The first explores the significance, causes, and consequences of path dependence in the evolution of techlogy and institutions. The second relates to the ways in which ecomic and political behavior are profoundly shaped and constrained by the cultural and political context inherited from history at a particular point in time. The final theme demonstrates the importance of integrating ecomic theory into historical research in the gathering and interpretation of data.
- Author BiographyWilliam A. Sundstrom is Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University. Timothy W. Guinnane is Professor of Economics at Yale University. Warren C. Whatley is Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan.
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication30/09/2003
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note29 tables, 28 illustrations
- Weight866 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine39 mm
- Edited byTimothy W. Guinnane,Warren C. Whatley,William A. Sundstrom
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