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Education and Human Capital in American Economic History  

John Parman

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Jul 2018
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Dec 2018
This chapter reviews the empirical literature on the expansion of educational institutions and the human capital stock of the United States over the past two and a half centuries. Using ... More

Health Policy in American Economic History  

Melissa Thomasson

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Jul 2018
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Dec 2018
The late nineteenth century witnessed the beginning of a strong, downward trend in mortality in the United States. Economists and others have been identifying and measuring the factors ... More

Introduction  

Louis P. Cain, Price V. Fishback, and Paul W. Rhode

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Jul 2018
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Dec 2018
This introduction offers an overview of the research discussed in the 37 chapters in the Oxford Handbook of American Economic History. It discusses the path of economic growth and ... More

Manufacturing Growth and Structural Change in American Economic History  

Changkeun Lee and Paul W. Rhode

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Jul 2018
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Dec 2018
Over past 200 years, industrialization was the driving force in the economic development of most nations experiencing “modern economic growth.” Industrial activity generally expanded ... More

Natural Resources in American Economic History  

Gavin Wright

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Jul 2018
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Dec 2018
This chapter surveys the role of natural resources in American economic history, from colonial times to the present. The central theme is that natural resources do indeed have a history: ... More

Services in American Economic History  

Stephen N. Broadberry, Louis P. Cain, and Thomas Weiss

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Jul 2018
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Dec 2018
This chapter chronicles the transformation of the US economy to one where over 80 percent of the labor force is employed in the service sector. The initial section discusses the difficult ... More

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