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


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