Jewish Economies (Volume 1): Development and Migration in America and Beyond: The Economic Life of American Jewry

Jewish Economies (Volume 1): Development and Migration in America and Beyond: The Economic Life of American Jewry

by Simon Kuznets

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Overview

Nobel Laureate Simon Kuznets, famous as the founder of modern empirical economics, pioneered the quantitative study of the economic history of the Jews. Yet until now his most important work on the subject was unpublished. These volumes bring to the public, for the first time, the most important work written on Jewish economic history since that of Werner Sombart a century ago.In the first volume, Kuznets uses extensive, original data to trace trends in the economic life of American Jews. He measures quantitatively for the first time the legendary economic success of American Jews and discusses the foundations of these achievements. Tracing their distinctive concentration in the professions, he exposes the causes of the extreme inequalities in American Jewish economic life. The immigrant origin of nearly all American Jews offers a unique case study in the process of assimilation that made American Jewry the ultimate American success story. This offers an ideal prelude to the second forthcoming volume, Comparative Perspectives on Jewish Migration.The volume's editors also provide a unique perspective on Kuznets' work. In the introduction, Weyl shows that many of Kuznets' most influential ideas, were inspired by his study of the economic history of the Jews. Through careful analysis of shared themes, and dozens of hours of detailed interviews, Lo and Weyl reveal a new dimension of Kuznets' thought to historical inquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351510998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Simon Kuznets (1901-1985) won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1971. His contributions to the field include the "Kuznets Curve," which revolutionized the field of developmental economics.
E. Glen Weyl is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a recurrent visiting researcher at the Toulouse School of Economics.
Stephanie Lo is an investment analyst at DC Energy Locaated in Vienna, Virginia. Previously, she was research assistant at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface - Stephanie Lo

Introduction: Simon Kuznets, Cautious Empiricist of the Eastern European Jewish Diaspora -
E. Glen Weyl

Editor's Note

1. Economic Structure and Life of the Jews - Simon Kuznets

2. Economic Structure of U.S. Jewry: Recent Trends - Simon Kuznets

3. Economic Growth of U.S. Jewry - Simon Kuznets

Appendix

Index

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