The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

The American Journal of Economics and Sociology publishes scholarly essays in the social sciences, with an emphasis on the intersection of sociology and economics. Also included are book reviews and profiles of historical figures.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, January

A Report on Charitable Giving
Privatization is in the air. The attempt to farm out to others tasks traditionally performed by government employees, or to put such matters in private hands, proceeds nationally and internationally. One of the major reasons for this is the often stated,...
A Socio-Historical Interpretation of Toxic Waste Sites: The Case of Greater Boston
I Introduction The most insidious form of toxic exposure is the waste site. According to the National Research Council, over 41 million Americans live within 4 miles of at least one of 1,177 Superfund sites nationwide.(1) In 1991, the NRC published...
Canada's Global Competitiveness Challenge: Trade Performance versus Total Factor Productivity Measures
I Introduction Canada's productive efficiency and competitiveness are said to have lagged during the past few years behind their "boom levels." This judgment is based on studies which claim that the country has been facing declining productivity, poor...
Economic Sociology: An Examination of Intellectual Exchange
I Introduction Scholarly interest in the gray area overlapping economics and sociology has brought about intellectual exchange between the two disciplines concerning common issues. The work in this area concerns issues of interest to both economists...
Henry George: An Unrecognized Contributor to American Social Theory
I "Reconstructionist" Postmodernity Deconstructionist postmodernism's critique of modern social theory contends that the formalism and discursiveness of modernity's methods force it to create totalitarian structures that degrade the subject.(1) These...
Income Distribution in the Third World: Its Estimation Via Proxy Data
I Introduction The distribution of income in the Third World has always been an important concern of social scientists in many fields but remains difficult to measure. Since reliable data on the distribution of income exists for only about one third...
Keynes' Investments: Their Relation to the General Theory
I Keynes' activities as an investor were of two types: those dealing with his own account and those he performed as chairman or director of companies managing other people's money. Data on the first type of activities leave no doubt that Keynes' income...
The Effects of Family Structure on Educational Attainment: Do the Effects Vary by the Age of the Child?
I Introduction Projections indicate that one-half or more of the children living in the United States will spend at least part of their childhood in a single parent family (Bum-pass, 1984). One in four children are expected to live in stepparent families...
Time on Welfare: Why Do People Enter and Leave the System?
I Introduction Despite federal and state spending on anti-poverty programs, nearly one in seven Americans fell below official poverty levels in 1992. Progress in reducing the incidence of poverty ended during the 1970s, and the incidence was reversed...

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