Population and Economy: From Hunger to Modern Economic Growth

Paperback | April 8, 2004

EditorBengtsson, Saito

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Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population has for the past two centuries been a constant source of inspiration and debate for scholars working on relationships between population and economy in a historical perspective. This book sets a new standard in this active and influential field ofresearch. The contributors go beyond the conventional European and North American geographical boundaries, bringing out new empirical findings and developing new arguments.The volume is divided into three parts. The first part takes up classical issues -- the 'positive' and the 'preventive' checks and their determinants -- raised by Malthus himself, and examines the issues against fresh evidence from Europe, America, and Asia. These issues are also themes of thesecond part, which is devoted to short-term fluctuations in mortality and fertility in relation to prices, wages, and other economic indicators. The final set of chapters is a coherent collection of technically sophisticated articles from an on-going international joint project concerned with howhouseholds respond to economic stress in different economic, social, and cultural settings, in traditional China, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, and Italy. With a brief, but well-organized introduction, this collection of scholarly essays offers both demographers and economic historians a wealth ofexciting findings and stimulating insights.

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Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population has for the past two centuries been a constant source of inspiration and debate for scholars working on relationships between population and economy in a historical perspective. This book sets a new standard in this active and influential field ofresearch. The contributors go beyond the co...

Tommy Bengtsson, Professor in Economic History at Lund University and presently Professor in Demography at Odense University, has been working mainly on the complex relationship between population and economy, past and present. Osamu Saito, a Professor in the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, has been wor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:510 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.01 inPublished:April 8, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Tommy Bengtsson and Osamu Saito: Introduction1. Julian Simon: What Determined the Onset of Modern Progress in the Standard of Living2. Roger Schofield: Short-run and Secular Demographic Response to Fluctuations in the Standard of Living in England, 1540-18343. James Z. Lee and Wang Feng, with Li Bozhong: Population, Poverty, and Subsistence in China, 1700-20004. Michael Anderson: Population Growth and Population Regulation in Nineteenth Century Rural Scotland5. Katherine A. Lynch: Infant Mortality, Child Neglect, and Child Abandonment in European History: A Comparative Analysis6. Michael R. Haines: Malthus and North America: Was the United States Subject to Economic-Demographic Crises?7. David S. Reher and Jose Antonio Ortega Osona: Malthus Revisited: Exploring Medium-Range Interactions between Economic and Demographic Forces in Historic Europe8. Alberto Palloni, Hector Perez Brignoli, and Elizabeth Arias: Malthus in Latin America: Demographic Responses during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries9. E. A. Hammel and Patrick Galloway: Structural Factors Affecting the Short-term Positive Check in Croatia, Slavonia, and Srem in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries10. Jose Antonio Ortega Osona: Determinants of Mortality Variability in Historical Populations and its Behavioural and Aggregate Consequences11. Tommy Bengtsson: Inequality in Death: Effects of the Agrarian Revolution in Southern Sweden, 1765-186512. George Alter and Michael Oris: Mortality and Economic Stress: Individual and Household Responses in a Nineteenth-Century Belgian Village13. Cameron D. Campbell and James Z. Lee: Price Fluctuations, Family Structure, and Mortality in Two Rural Chinese Populations: Household Responses to Economic Stress in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Liaoning14. Noriko O. Tsuya and Satomi Kurosu: Mortality Responses to Short-term Economic Stress and Household Context in Early Modern Japan: Evidence from Two Northeastern Villages15. Marco Breschi, Renzo Derosas, and Matteo Manfredini: Infant Mortality in Nineteenth-Century Italy: Interactions between Ecology and Society