Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Economics of Slavery: And Other Studies in Econometric History

Conrad, Alfred H., & John R. Meyer, The Economics of Slavery, and Other Studies in Econometric History, Chicago: Aldine Publishing Company, 1964.

Reviewed in The Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science.

Reviewed in Science & Society © 1966.

Extract from the inner sleeve:
,After two chapters of theoretical introduction, the authors explore the meanings and implications of evidence, explanation and proof in history by applying econometric methods to the analysis of three major problems in the 19th century economic history – The profitability of slavery in the antebellum South; Income growth and development in the United States during the 1800’s; The Great Depression in the British economy; PLUS a postscript on growth reassessing some current arguments in the light of the findings of these papers. The book presents an original and provocative approach to historical problems that have long plagued economists and historians and provides the reader with a new approach to these and similar questions.

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