Some British Empiricists in the Social Sciences, 1650–1900

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-04
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

First Lecture: the Political Arithmeticians
William Petty and the birth of national accounting
Charles Davenant and the analysis of taxes
Gregory King and the development of economic statistics
Second Lecture: Progress in Economic Statistics
William Fleetwood and the birth of index numbers
Arthur Young and the concept of value added
Patrick Colquhoun and the accounts of the British Empire
Third Lecture: Demography and Vital Statistics
John Graunt and the birth of demographic statistics
Edmond Halley and the first life table
William Farr and the development of vital statistics
Fouth Lecture: Quantitative Social Studies
Frederick Morton Eden and the poor of England
Florence Nightingale and hospital reform
Charles Booth and the London working classes
Richard Stone: an autobiographical sketch
Bibliography of Richard Stone's works
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