Essays on Population, and Other Papers

Essays on Population, and Other Papers

Essays on Population, and Other Papers

Essays on Population, and Other Papers

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This volume appears in response to a desire voiced by a number of his students, that the contribution to the study of population problems and theory made through the writings and lectures of James Alfred Field might be delivered from the inconvenience of dusty journals and the oblivion of students' notebooks and brought together in a permanent and easily accessible form. Such being its origin, the book cannot claim to be a comprehensive treatment of the entire range of subjects which engage the interest of the student of population problems. It presents, rather, the considered reflections of a scholarly and ingenious mind upon certain aspects of current issues and ideas which struck its imagination, together with the fruits of careful research in fields which were particularly congenial. To these essays dealing specifically with population have been added three other papers dealing respectively with statistical method, the graduate teaching of economic theory, and the standard of living, two of which, at least, cover a range of topics not ordinarily associated with population problems. The disparity in subject matter is, however, to a considerable extent, more apparent than real. Taken as a whole the book is representative of Professor Field's threefold academic interest in the related fields of population, the standard of living, and statistical method. The chronological arrangement has been chosen as it best serves to show the growth of thought over a period of more than twenty years. Such repetition as occurs is inevitable in a volume composed of papers . . .

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