Living Standards in the Past: New Perspectives on Well-Being in Asia and Europe

Robert C. Allen, Tommy Bengtsson, Martin Dribe

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Abstract

The main concern of this book is to determine when the gap in living standards between the East and the West emerged. Why did Europe experience industrialization and modern economic growth before China, India, or Japan? This is one of the most fundamental questions in Economic history and one that has provoked intense debate. The established view, dating back to Adam Smith, is that the gap emerged long before the industrial revolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages473
ISBN (Print)9780199280681
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

Keywords

  • Adam Smith
  • Demographic indicators
  • Demographic vulnerability
  • Eastern economics
  • Economic stress
  • Eighteenth century economics
  • Living standards
  • Seventeenth century economics
  • Western economics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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