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Living Standards in the PastNew Perspectives on Well-Being in Asia and Europe$
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Robert C. Allen, Tommy Bengtsson, and Martin Dribe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199280681.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Living Standards in the Past

Robert C. Allen (Contributor Webpage)

Tommy Bengtsson (Contributor Webpage)

Martin Dribe

Oxford University Press

In the introduction, different contributions are brought together in an analysis of pre-industrial living standards in East and West, viewed in the light of the general debate on these issues from the classical economists to present times. The general picture emerging is not one of great divergence, but instead one of considerable similarities. Regional differences within Europe or Asia were often larger than the average differences between them.

Keywords:   Asia, classical economists, demography, economic history, Europe, standard of living

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