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These lectures focus on twelve pioneers of economic, demographic and social statistics ranging from the seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. The first lecture discusses the work of the political arithmeticians including William Petty, Founding Fellow of the Royal Society. The second lecture considers three steps in the development of quantitative economics in the form of Bishop Fleetwood, Arthur Young and Patrick Colquhoun. In the third lecture Stone turns to demography, and to John Graunt, Edmond Halley and William Farr. The fourth lecture deals with social statistics in the persons of Frederick Morton Eden, Florence Nightingale and Charles Booth.Read more
- Author won Nobel Prize for Economics in 1984
- Draws together in one place an analysis of all the major influences on social statistics in Britain
- It deals with some famous historical figures, such as Florence Nightingale and Edmond Halley, not previously known for their contributions to social statistics
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- Date Published: July 1998
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521571456
- length: 528 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 178 x 29 mm
- weight: 1.13kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
First Lecture: the Political Arithmeticians:
1. William Petty and the birth of national accounting
2. Charles Davenant and the analysis of taxes
3. Gregory King and the development of economic statistics
Second Lecture: Progress in Economic Statistics:
4. William Fleetwood and the birth of index numbers
5. Arthur Young and the concept of value added
6. Patrick Colquhoun and the accounts of the British Empire
Third Lecture: Demography and Vital Statistics:
7. John Graunt and the birth of demographic statistics
8. Edmond Halley and the first life table
9. William Farr and the development of vital statistics
Fouth Lecture: Quantitative Social Studies:
10. Frederick Morton Eden and the poor of England
11. Florence Nightingale and hospital reform
12. Charles Booth and the London working classes
Richard Stone: an autobiographical sketch
Bibliography of Richard Stone's works.
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