Birth And Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare

Paperback | April 15, 1987

byRichard A. Easterlin

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In this influential work, Richard A. Easterlin shows how the size of a generation—the number of persons born in a particular year—directly and indirectly affects the personal welfare of its members, the make-up and breakdown of the family, and the general well being of the economy.

"[Easterlin] has made clear, I think unambiguously, that the baby-boom generation is economically underprivileged merely because of its size. And in showing this, he demonstrates that population size can be as restrictive as a factor as sex, race, or class on equality of opportunity in the U.S."—Jeffrey Madrick, Business Week

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In this influential work, Richard A. Easterlin shows how the size of a generation - the number of persons born in a particular year - directly and indirectly affects the personal welfare of its members, the composition and dissolution of the family, and the general well-being of the economy.

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In this influential work, Richard A. Easterlin shows how the size of a generation—the number of persons born in a particular year—directly and indirectly affects the personal welfare of its members, the make-up and breakdown of the family, and the general well being of the economy."[Easterlin] has made clear, I think unambiguously, tha...

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In this influential work, Richard A. Easterlin shows how the size of a generation - the number of persons born in a particular year - directly and indirectly affects the personal welfare of its members, the composition and dissolution of the family, and the general well-being of the economy.

Richard A. Easterlin is professor of economics at the University of Southern California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:235 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.6 inPublished:April 15, 1987Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226180328

ISBN - 13:9780226180328

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Table of Contents

Preface
I. The Argument
1. The Accident of Birth: Generation Size and Personal Welfare
2. The Economic Fortunes of Young Adults
II. Family
3. Marriage and Childbearing
4. Women's Work
5. Breakdown of the Family?
III. Society and Economy
6. Social Disorganization
7. Stagflation
IV. Implications
8. The Future
9. Conclusion
10. Epilogue
Appendix Tables
Notes
Index

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In this influential work, Richard A. Easterlin shows how the size of a generation - the number of persons born in a particular year - directly and indirectly affects the personal welfare of its members, the composition and dissolution of the family, and the general well-being of the economy.