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The Resource The rise and fall of American growth : the U.S. standard of living since the Civil War, Robert J. Gordon

The rise and fall of American growth : the U.S. standard of living since the Civil War, Robert J. Gordon

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The rise and fall of American growth : the U.S. standard of living since the Civil War
Title
The rise and fall of American growth
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the U.S. standard of living since the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Robert J. Gordon
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Language
eng
Summary
In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from forty-five to seventy-two years. Weaving together a narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, this book provides an in-depth account of this momentous era. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? Gordon challenges the view that economic growth can or will continue unabated, and he demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 can't be repeated. He contends that the nation's productivity growth, which has already slowed to a crawl, will be further held back by the vexing headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government. Gordon warns that the younger generation may be the first in American history that fails to exceed their parents' standard of living, and that rather than depend on the great advances of the past, we must find new solutions to overcome the challenges facing us
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Examines the economic growth of the United States since the Civil War, arguing that the rate of growth between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated and that a number of issues are further stagnating the already slow rate of productivity growth
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New York Times Notable Book, 2016
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DLC
Dewey number
339.4/20973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD6983
LC item number
.G69 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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The Princeton economic history of the Western world
Target audience
adult
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the U.S. standard of living since the Civil War
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The rise and fall of American growth : the U.S. standard of living since the Civil War, Robert J. Gordon
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 667-743) and index
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text
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Contents
Introduction: The ascent and descent of growth -- The starting point: Life and work in 1870 -- What they ate and wore and where they bought it -- The American home: From dark and isolated to bright and networked -- Motors overtake horses and rail: Inventions and incremental improvements -- From telegraph to talkies: Information, communication, and entertainment -- Nasty, brutish, and short: Illness and early death -- Working conditions on the job and at home -- Taking and mitigating risks: Consumer credit, insurance, and the government -- Entr'acte: The midcentury shift from revolution to evolution -- Fast food, synthetic fibers, and split-level subdivisions: The slowing transformation of food, clothing, and housing -- See the USA in your Chevrolet or from a plane flying high above -- Entertainment and communications from Milton Berle to the iPhone -- Computers and the internet from the mainframe to Facebook -- Antibiotics, CT scans, and the evolution of health and medicine -- Work, youth, and retirement at home and on the job -- Entr'acte: Toward an understanding of slower growth -- The great leap forward from the 1920s to the 1950s: What set of miracles created it? -- Innovation: Can the future match the great inventions of the past? -- Inequality and the other headwinds: Long-run American economic growth slows to a crawl -- Postscript: America's growth achievement and the path ahead
Control code
20473116
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 762 pages
Isbn
9780691147727
Lccn
2015027560
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
9780691147727
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn908084072
  • (OCoLC)908084072
Label
The rise and fall of American growth : the U.S. standard of living since the Civil War, Robert J. Gordon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 667-743) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The ascent and descent of growth -- The starting point: Life and work in 1870 -- What they ate and wore and where they bought it -- The American home: From dark and isolated to bright and networked -- Motors overtake horses and rail: Inventions and incremental improvements -- From telegraph to talkies: Information, communication, and entertainment -- Nasty, brutish, and short: Illness and early death -- Working conditions on the job and at home -- Taking and mitigating risks: Consumer credit, insurance, and the government -- Entr'acte: The midcentury shift from revolution to evolution -- Fast food, synthetic fibers, and split-level subdivisions: The slowing transformation of food, clothing, and housing -- See the USA in your Chevrolet or from a plane flying high above -- Entertainment and communications from Milton Berle to the iPhone -- Computers and the internet from the mainframe to Facebook -- Antibiotics, CT scans, and the evolution of health and medicine -- Work, youth, and retirement at home and on the job -- Entr'acte: Toward an understanding of slower growth -- The great leap forward from the 1920s to the 1950s: What set of miracles created it? -- Innovation: Can the future match the great inventions of the past? -- Inequality and the other headwinds: Long-run American economic growth slows to a crawl -- Postscript: America's growth achievement and the path ahead
Control code
20473116
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 762 pages
Isbn
9780691147727
Lccn
2015027560
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
9780691147727
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn908084072
  • (OCoLC)908084072

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