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Taking a longer view than most literature on economic development, Richard A. Easterlin stresses the enormous contrast between the collective experience of the last half century in both developed and developing countries and what has gone before. An economic historian and demographer, the author writes in the tradition of the "new economic history," drawing on economic theory and quantitative evidence to interpret the historical experience of economic theory and population growth. He reaches beyond the usual disciplinary limits to draw, as appropriate, on sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, and the history of science. The book will be of interest not only to social scientists but to all readers concerned with where we have been and where we are going. ". . . Easterlin is both an economic historian and a demographer, and it is the combination of these two disciplines and the fine balance between theory and experience that make this well-written, refreshingly optimistic book excellent reading." --Population and Development Review "In this masterful synthesis, Richard Easterlin draws on the disciplines of economic history, demography, sociology, political science, psychology, and the history of science to present an integrated explation of the origins of modern economic growth and of the mortality revolution. . . . His book should be easily accessible to non-specialists and will give them a sense of why economic history can inform our understanding of the future." --Dora L. Costa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, EH.Net and H-Net "Growth Triumphant is, simply, a fascinating book. Easterlin has woven together a history of economic growth, economic development, human mortality and morbidity, the connections each has with the others, and the implications of this nexus of forces on the future. . . . This book deserves a wide audience." --Choice "In what must surely be the most fair-minded, well-balanced, and scrupulously reasoned and researched book on the sensational subjects implied in its title--the Industrial Revolution, the mortality and fertility revolutions, and the prospects for future happiness for the human race--Professor Easterlin has set in place the capstone of his research career." --Journal of Economic History Richard A. Easterlin is Professor of Economics, University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Tables
  2. p. ix
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  1. Figures
  2. p. xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Historical Overview
  2. p. 1
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  1. I. Modern Economic Growth
  2. p. 13
  1. 2. Revolution or Evolution? The Epoch of Modern Economic Growth
  2. pp. 15-29
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  1. 3. The International Impact of Modern Economic Growth
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. 4. Modern Economic Growth and the National Economy
  2. pp. 45-53
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  1. 5. Why Isn’t the Whole World Developed? Institutions and the Spread of Economic Growth
  2. pp. 55-65
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  1. II. Population Growth
  2. p. 67
  1. 6. The Nature and Causes of the Mortality Revolution
  2. pp. 69-82
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  1. 7. Malthus Revisited: The Economic Impact of Rapid Population Growth
  2. pp. 83-93
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  1. 8. The Fertility Transition: Its Nature and Causes
  2. pp. 95-112
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  1. 9. Secular Stagnation Resurrected: Population and the Economy in Developed Countries
  2. pp. 113-127
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  1. III. Implications for the Future
  2. p. 129
  1. 10. Does Satisfying Material Needs Increase Human Happiness?
  2. pp. 131-144
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  1. 11. The Next Century in Historical Perspective
  2. pp. 145-154
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  1. Appendix A: Major Economic Inventions
  2. pp. 157-160
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  1. Appendix B: Health Technology
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 163-170
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  1. References
  2. pp. 171-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-202
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472023554
Related ISBN
9780472085538
MARC Record
OCLC
654357956
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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