History Matters
Essays on Economic Growth, Technology, and Demographic Change
Edited by William A. Sundstrom, Timothy W. Guinnane, and Warren C. Whatley

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents for History Matters

 

Editors’ Introduction, by Timothy W. Guinnane, William A. Sundstrom, and Warren Whatley

 

Part I.  Why History Matters:  Path Dependence and Economic Thought

 

Chapter 1.  Path Dependence and Competitive Equilibrium, by Kenneth J. Arrow

 

Chapter 2.  Path Dependence and Reswitching in a Model of Multi-Technology Adoption, by Paul Stoneman

 

Chapter 3.  Path Dependence, Network Form, and Technological Change, by Douglas J. Puffert

 

Chapter 4.  The Tension between Strong History and Strong Economics, by Melvin W. Reder

 

Part II. Path Dependence in Practice

 

Chapter 5.  Financial History and the Long Reach of the Second Thirty-Years’ War, by Charles W. Calomiris

 

Chapter 6.  Path Dependence in Action:  The Adoption and Persistence of the Korean Model of Economic Development, by Phillip Wonhyuk Lim

 

Chapter 7. Continuing Confusion: Entry Prices in Telecommunications, by Peter Temin

 

Chapter 8.  After the War Boom:  Reconversion on the Pacific Coast, 1943-1949, by Paul W. Rhode

 

Chapter 9.  Standardization, Diversity, and Learning in China’s Nuclear Power Program, by Geoffrey Rothwell

 

Part III.  Context Matters:  The Influence of Culture, Geography, and Political Institutions on Economies and Policies

 

Chapter 10.  Incentives, Information, and Welfare:  England’s New Poor Law and the Workhouse Test, by Timothy Besley, Stephen Coate, and Timothy W. Guinnane

 

Chapter 11.  Family Matters:  The Life-Cycle Transition and the Antebellum American Fertility Decline, by Susan B. Carter, Roger L. Ransom, and Richard Sutch

 

Chapter 12.  Building “Universal Service” in the Early Bell System:  The Coevolution of Regional Urban Systems and Long-Distance Telephone Networks, by David F. Weiman

 

Chapter 13.  International Competition for Technology Investments:  Does National Ownership Matter?, by Trond E. Olsen

 

Part IV.  Evidence Matters:  Measuring Historical Economic Growth and Demographic Change

 

Chapter 14.  Conjectural Estimates of Economic Growth in the Lower South, 1720 to 1800, by Peter C. Mancall, Joshua L. Rosenbloom, and Thomas Weiss

 

Chapter 15.  The Value-Added Approach to the Measurement of Economic Growth, by Mark Thomas and Charles Feinstein

 

Chapter 16.  A User’s Guide to the Joys and Pitfulls of Cohort Parity Analysis, by Warren C. Sanderson

 

Chapter 17.  Stochastic Dynamic Optimization Models with Random Effects in Parameters:  An Application to the Age at Marriage and Life-Cycle Fertility Control in France Under the Old Regime, by Thomas A. Mroz and David R. Weir