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Capitalism in Context: Essays on Economic Development and Cultural Change in Honor of R.M. Hartwell

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Following the approach of R. M. Hartwell, the influential historian of the British Industrial Revolution, these essays explore the cultural contexts and institutional constraints that have shaped growth and development over the past two centuries. Capitalism in Context offers new perspectives on why economic development took place where and when it did.

Thirteen chapters cover: social progress during economic development; the influence of cultural values on social and economic change; economic foundations of development—labor, capital, and technology; and organizational arrangements—property rights, government, and markets. These studies will appeal to economists, historians, and social scientists alike for their wide-ranging treatments of economic development and cultural change.

The contributors are N. F. R. Crafts, Lance E. Davis, Stanley L. Engerman, David W. Galenson, Robert E. Gallman, Stephen Innes, John A. James, Eric L. Jones, Thomas W. Laqueur, Gary D. Libecap, Joel Mokyr, Douglass C. North, Mark Thomas, John J. Wallis, Jeffrey G. Williamson.

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Following the approach of R.M. Hartwell, influential historian of the British Industrial Revolution, 13 essays explore the cultural contexts and institutional constraints that have shaped growth and development over the past two centuries. Topics include the influence of cultural values on social and economic change; economic foundations of development; and organizational arrangements.
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Following the approach of R. M. Hartwell, the influential historian of the British Industrial Revolution, these essays explore the cultural contexts and institutional constraints that have shaped growth and development over the past two centuries. Focusing on two central questions - why the whole world is not developed, and why Britain was the first industrial nation - Capitalism in Context offers new perspectives on why economic development took place where and when it did. These studies will appeal to economists, historians, and social scientists alike for their wide-ranging treatments of economic development and cultural change.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-341) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction by John A. James and Mark Thomas

Pt. I: The Profile of Progress

1: Patterns of Growth in History

Eric L. Jones

2: Frontier Societies and the Diffusion of Growth

Mark Thomas

3: Reflections on "The Standard of Living Debate": New Arguments and New Evidence

Stanley L. Engerman

Pt. II: The Cultural Foundations: Values, Markets, and Peoples

4: Puritanism and Capitalism in Early Massachusetts

Stephen Innes

5: The Rise of Free Labor: Economic Change and the Enforcement of Service Contracts in England, 1351-1875

David W. Galenson

6: Cemeteries, Religion, and the Culture of Capitalism

Thomas W. Laqueur

Pt. III: The Economic Foundations: Labor, Capital, and Technology

7: Leaving the Farm to Go to the City: Did They Leave Quickly Enough?

Jeffrey G. Williamson

8: Human Capital and Productivity in Advanced Economies

N. F. R. Crafts

9: Savings, Investment, and Economic Growth: The United States in the Nineteenth Century

Lance E. Davis, Robert E. Gallman.

10: Progress and Inertia in Technological Change

Joel Mokyr

Pt. IV: The Organizational Foundations: Property Rights, Government, and Markets

11: The Evolution of Efficient Markets in History

Douglass C. North

12: The Political Economy of Institutional Change: Property Rights and the General Revision Act of 1891

Gary D. Libecap

13: Government Growth, Income Growth, and Economic Growth

John J. Wallis

Postscript

The Writings of R. M. Hartwell

References

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226391984
Editor:
Thomas, Mark F.
Editor:
James, John A.
Editor:
James, John A.
Editor:
James, John A.; Thomas, Mark
Editor:
Thomas, Mark F.
Author:
Thomas, Mark F.
Author:
James, John A.
Author:
Thomas, Mark
Editor:
Thomas, Mark F.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Free Enterprise
Subject:
Hartwell, R. M
Subject:
Capitalism -- Congresses.
Subject:
Economic development -- Congresses.
Subject:
Business Writing
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Phoenix Fiction
Series Volume:
26
Publication Date:
19941231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone, 12 line drawings, 16 tables
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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