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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 19 No. 4 (Fall 2005)


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Retrospectives: Eugenics and Economics in the Progressive Era

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Leonard, Thomas C. 2005. "Retrospectives: Eugenics and Economics in the Progressive Era." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 19(4): 207-224.

DOI: 10.1257/089533005775196642


During the Progressive Era, eugenic approaches to social and economic reform were popular, respectable and widespread. This essay documents the influence of eugenic ideas upon American economic reform, especially in the areas of immigration and labor reform, and tries to illuminate something of its causes and consequences.

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