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The Resource The great breakthrough and its cause, Julian L. Simon ; edited by Timur Kuran

The great breakthrough and its cause, Julian L. Simon ; edited by Timur Kuran

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The great breakthrough and its cause
Title
The great breakthrough and its cause
Statement of responsibility
Julian L. Simon ; edited by Timur Kuran
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Language
eng
Summary
"One of Julian Simon's last works-in-progress, cut short just before completion by his death in early 1998, The Great Breakthrough and Its Cause explores the question of why human progress accelerated in Western Europe starting around 1750. Why did the mortality rate, household consumption level, speeds of travel and communication, literacy rate, and other aspects of the standard of living leap above those in the previous centuries and millennia? What forces caused this extraordinary development to occur when it did - or even to occur at all - rather than centuries or millennia earlier or later?" "Simon answers these questions by arguing persuasively that the total quantity of humanity - and the nexus of human numbers with technology - has been the main driving force behind what he calls "Sudden Modern Progress." Further, he continues, if population numbers had risen more rapidly than they did, the "Great Breakthrough" would have occurred earlier. He also asserts that institutional changes, phenomena often credited for human progress, are from a very long-run perspective a result of population growth. And finally, he seeks to refute two seeming counterexamples, China and India, that reached high population densities prior to the modern period without accelerated growth in consumer welfare. In his inimitable style, Simon meticulously backs up his arguments with extensive use of a wide variety of data. Along the way, he also takes on the arguments of other writers on the subject of population growth and progress, such as Joel Mokyr and Eric Jones." "Completed and polished by Timur Kuran, this exploration into the great explosion of consumer welfare will stimulate, challenge, and foster high-level intellectual debate on the question of human progress. It will be of particular interest to demographers, economic historians, and a broad array of social scientists."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1932-1998
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Simon, Julian Lincoln
Dewey number
304.6
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
HB849.41
LC item number
.S548 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Kuran, Timur
Series statement
Economics, cognition, and society
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  • Population
  • Economic development
Label
The great breakthrough and its cause, Julian L. Simon ; edited by Timur Kuran
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-214)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Theoretical Framework -- 3. Evidence on the Long-Run Progress-Population Connection -- 4. Very-Long-Run, Slow-Changing Processes -- 5. The Enigma of China, India, and Europe -- 6. Summary and Conclusions -- 7. Epilogue
Control code
44634378
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 214 pages
Isbn
9780472110971
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
00059983
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The great breakthrough and its cause, Julian L. Simon ; edited by Timur Kuran
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-214)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Theoretical Framework -- 3. Evidence on the Long-Run Progress-Population Connection -- 4. Very-Long-Run, Slow-Changing Processes -- 5. The Enigma of China, India, and Europe -- 6. Summary and Conclusions -- 7. Epilogue
Control code
44634378
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 214 pages
Isbn
9780472110971
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
00059983
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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