The Oxford Handbook of American Economic History

ISBN : 9780199947973

Louis P. Cain; Price V. Fishback; Paul W. Rhode
984 ページ
171 x 248 mm
Oxford Handbooks

American economic history describes the transition of a handful of struggling settlements on the Atlantic seaboard into the nation with the most successful economy in the world today. As the economy has developed, so have the methods used by economic historians to analyze the process. Interest in economic history has sharply increased in recent years among the public, policy-makers, and in the academy. The current economic turmoil, calling forth comparisons with the Great Depression of the 1930s, is in part responsible for the surge in interest among the public and in policy circles. It has also stimulated greater scholarly research into past financial crises, the multiplier effects of fiscal and monetary policy, the dynamics of the housing market, and international economic cooperation and conflict. Other pressing policy issues — including the impending retirement of the Baby-Boom generation, the ongoing expansion of the healthcare sector, and the environmental challenges imposed by global climate change — have further increased demand for the long-run perspective given by economic history.

Confronting this need, The Oxford Handbook of American Economic History affords access to the latest research on the crucial events, themes, and legacies of America's economic history — from colonial America, to the Civil War, up to present day. More than fifty contributors address topics as wide-ranging as immigration, agriculture, and urbanization. Over its two volumes, this handbook gives readers not only a comprhensive look at where the field of American economic history currently stands but where it is headed in the years to come.


List of contributors
Volume One
Louis P. Cain, Price V. Fishback, and Paul W. Rhode: Introduction
Part One: Population and Health
1 Michael R. Haines: Demography in American Economic History
2 Hoyt Bleakley, Louis P. Cain, and Sok Chul Hong: Health, Disease, and Sanitation in American Economic History
3 Martha J. Bailey and Brad J. Hershbein: US Fertility Rates and Childbearing, 1800 to 2010
4 Joseph P. Ferrie: Immigration in American Economic History
5 Richard H. Steckel: Anthropometric History in American Economy
6 Melissa A. Thomasson: Health Policy in American Economic History
Part Two: Production and Structural Change
7 Alan L. Olmstead and Paul W. Rhode: Agriculture in American Economic History
9 Alexander J. Field: Manufacturing Productivity Growth and American Economic History
10 Stephen Broadberry, Louis P. Cain, and Thomas Weiss: Services in American Economic History
11 Eric Hilt: Business Organization in American Economic History
12 Carola Frydman: Executive Compensation in American Economic History
Part Three: Factors of Production
13 Robert A. Margo: The Labor Force in American Economic History
14 Suresh Naidu and Noam Yuchtman: Labor Market Institutions in the Gilded Age of American Economic History
15 Robert L. Clark and Lee A. Craig: Retirement and Pensions in American Economic History
16 Paul W. Rhode: Income, Capital, and American Growth
17 John M. Parman: Education and Human Capital in American Economic History
18 Gavin Wright: Natural Resources and American Economic History
Volume Two
Part Four: Technology and Urbanization
19 Petra Moser: Innovation and Patents in American Economic History
20 Jeremy Atack: Transportation in American Economic History
21 Rowena Gray and Carl Kitchens: Energy in American Economic History
22 Leah Boustan, Devin Bunten, and Owen Hearey: Urbanization in the United States, 1800-2000
23 Daniel Fetter, Jonathan Rose, Kenneth Snowden: Housing in American Economic History
24 Stanley L. Engerman: Professional Team Sports in American Economic History
Part Five: Government and Economic Policy
25 Robert A. McGuire: The U.S. Constitution in American Economic History
26 Gary D. Libecap: Property Rights in American Economic History
27 John Joseph Wallis: Government and Fiscal Policy in American Economic History
28 Lee E. Ohanian: The Record of Economic Growth, Business Cycles, and Economic Policies in American Economic History
29 Matthew Jaremski and Peter L. Rousseau: Banking and Monetary Policy up to the Formation of the Federal Reserve
30 Robert L. Hetzel and Gary Richardson: Banking and Monetary Policy in American Economic History from the Formation of the Federal Reserve
31 Douglas A. Irwin: Trade Policy in American Economic History
32 Brooks Kaiser: Antitrust and Regulation in American Economic History
33 Karen Clay: The Environment in American Economic History
34 Roger L. Ransom: The Civil War in American Economic History
35 Taylor Jaworski and Price V. Fishback: Two World Wars in American Economic History
36 Price V. Fishback: The New Deal in American Economic History
37 Samuel K. Allen, Price V. Fishback, Jonathan Fox, and Brendan Livingston: Welfare Policy: The Public Safety Net in American Economic History


Louis P. Cain is Professor of Economics Emeritus at Loyola University Chicago and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. He co-authored The Children of Eve with Donald Paterson and American Economic History with the late Jonathan Hughes.; Price V. Fishback is Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Executive Director of the Economic History Association. He is the co-author of Government and the American Economy: a New History and has won several awards for research and teaching from the Economic History Association and the Cliometrics Society.; Paul W. Rhode is Professor and Chair of Economics at the University of Michigan, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and former editor of The Journal of Economic History. He is co-author (with Alan Olmstead) of Creating Abundance: Biological Innovation in American Agricultural Development and Arresting Contagion: Science, Policy and Conflict over Animal Disease Control.