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The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Paul A. David and Mark Thomas

Abstract

This book shows how analysis of past experiences contributes to a better understanding of present-day economic conditions; chapters offer important insights into major challenges that will occupy the attention of policy makers in the coming decades. The seventeen chapters are organised around three major themes, the first of which is the changing constellation of forces sustaining long-run economic growth in market economies. The second major theme concerns the contemporary challenges posed by transitions in economic and political regimes, and by ideologies that represent legacies from past ec ... More

Keywords: past experiences, economic conditions, economic growth, market economies, human economic welfare, economic security, old age support

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263471
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul A. David, editor
Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Professor of Economics and Economic History, University of Oxford

Mark Thomas, editor
Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia

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Contents

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14. Height and the High Life: What Future for a Tall Story?

Timothy Leunig, and Hans-Joachim Voth

17. Paying for Old Age: Past, Present, Future

Mark Thomas, and Paul Johnson