The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Paperback | February 23, 2006

EditorPaul A. David, Mark Thomas

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In this volume, leading modern economic historians show how analysis of past experiences contributes to a better understanding of present-day economic conditions; they offer important insights into major challenges that will occupy the attention of policy makers in the coming decades. Theseventeen essays are organised around three major themes, the first of which is the changing constellation of forces sustaining long-run economic growth in market economies. The second major theme concerns the contemporary challenges posed by transitions in economic and political regimes, and byideologies that represent legacies from past economic conditions that still affect policy responses to new 'crises'. The third theme is modern economic growth's diverse implications for human economic welfare - in terms of economic security, nutritional and health status, and old age support - andthe institutional mechanisms communities have developed to cope with the risks that individuals are exposed to by the concomitants of rising prosperity.

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In this volume, leading modern economic historians show how analysis of past experiences contributes to a better understanding of present-day economic conditions; they offer important insights into major challenges that will occupy the attention of policy makers in the coming decades. Theseventeen essays are organised around three majo...

Paul A. David is at Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Professor of Economics and Economic History, University of Oxford. Mark Thomas is at Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.17 inPublished:February 23, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019726347X

ISBN - 13:9780197263471

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Editors' Introduction: Thinking Historically about Tomorrow's Economic ChallengesPART ONE: DRIVERS OF LONG-TERM ECONOMIC GROWTHJan de Vries: The Industrious Revolution and Economic Growth, 1650-1830Jane Humphries: English Apprenticeship: A Neglected Factor in the First Industrial RevolutionStephen Broadberry: Human Capital and Productivity Performance: Britain, the United States and Germany 1870-1990Paul A. David and Gavin Wright: General Purpose Technologies and Surges in Productivity: Historical Reflections on the Future of the ICT RevolutionNick von Tunzelmann: Technological Systems and Comparative Systems of Innovation: From Historical Performance to Future Policy GuidelinesPART TWO: CHANGES IN ECONOMIC REGIMES AND IDEOLOGIESNicholas Crafts: The East Asian Escape from Economic Backwardness: Retrospect and ProspectChristopher Davis and James Foreman-Peck: The Russian Transition through the Historical Looking-glass: Gradual versus Abrupt Decontrol of Economic Systems in Britain and RussiaCarol Leonard: Rational Resistance to Land Privatization: The Behaviour of Russia's Rural Producers in Response to Agrarian Reforms, 1861-2000Francis Wilson: Understanding the Past to Reshape the Future: Problems of South Africa's TransitionLeandro Conte, Gianni Toniolo, and Giovanni Vecchi: Lessons from Italy's Monetary Unification (1862-1880) for Euro and Europe's Single MarketBarry Eichengreen and Peter Temin: Ideology and the Shadow of History: A Perspective on the Great DepressionPART THREE: WELFARE, WELL-BEING AND INDIVIDUAL ECONOMIC SECURITYAvner Offer: Economic Welfare Measurements and Human Well-beingRoderick Floud: The Human Body in Britain-Past and FutureTimothy Leunig and Hans-Joachim Voth: Height and the High Life-What Future for a Tall Story?Anne Digby and Sheila Ryan Johansson: Producing Health in Past and Present: The Changing Rates of Scientific and Alternative MedicineRichard Smith and Peter Solar: Community and State Institutions for Individual Economic Security: The Western European Historical ExperiencePaul Johnson and Mark Thomas: Paying for Old Age: Past, Present, Future