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Parasites, Pathogens, and Progress: Diseases and Economic Development by Robert A. McGuire and Philip R. P. Coelho

Published By: Cambridge and London: MIT Press
ISBN: 978-0-262-01566-0
Date of Publication: 2012


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Reviewed by: David N. Weil of Brown University
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.3.791.r11
Review Pages: 819-21

Book Review Abstract

David N. Weil of Brown University reviews "Parasites, Pathogens, and Progress: Diseases and Economic Development" by Robert A. McGuire and Philip R. P. Coelho. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins: Explores the influence of biology, parasites, and pathogens on humanity's history and the economy. Discusses biology, diseases, and migrations before the twentieth century; biology, diseases, and history—the big picture; diseases and long-run economic growth; the colonists' choice of agricultural labor in early America; the initial location of Africans and Europeans in early America; slavery and diseases in the antebellum American South; evidence on the spread of diseases in nineteenth-century America; and the biology and disease lesson. McGuire is Research Professor of Economics at the University of Akron. Coelho is Professor of Economics at Ball State University. Index.


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JEL Classifications

I12: Health Production
I15: Health and Economic Development
N31: U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913


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