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Political Arithmetic: Simon Kuznets and the Empirical Tradition in Economics by Robert William Fogel, Enid M. Fogel, Mark Guglielmo and Nathaniel Grotte

Published By: NBER Series on Long-Term Factors in Economic Development. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 978-0-226-25661-0
Date of Publication: 2013


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Reviewed by: Roger E. Backhouse of University of Birmingham
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.51.3.883.r2
Review Pages: 885-86

Book Review Abstract

Roger E. Backhouse of University of Birmingham reviews, "Political Arithmetic: Simon Kuznets and the Empirical Tradition in Economics" by Robert William Fogel, Enid M. Fogel, Mark Guglielmo and Nathaniel Grotte. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Explores the scientific work of Simon Kuznets and his impact on economics as a discipline. Discusses the rise of academic economists before World War I; the early history of the National Bureau for Economic Research; the emergence of national income accounting as a tool of economic policy; the use of national income accounting to study comparative economic growth; the scientific methods of Kuznets; further aspects of the legacy of Kuznets; and the quarter century since the death of Kuznets. Robert William Fogel is the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Economics, Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions in the Booth School of Business, Director of the Center for Population Economics, and a member of the Department of Economics and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. The late Enid M. Fogel was Associate Dean of Students in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Guglielmo is Assistant Professor of Economics at Bentley University. Grotte is Associate Director of the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago."


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B23: History of Thought: Quantitative and Mathematical
B31: History of Thought: Individuals


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