The Economics of W. S. Jevons

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CONTENTS
Acknowledgementsx
Abbreviationsxi
1 INTRODUCTION General themes 1
Appendix 1.1 Chronology of Jevons’s life8
Appendix 1.2 Chronology of Jevons’s works14
Part IMacroeconomic concerns: growth and stability
2 JEVONS’S THEORY OF ECONOMIC GROWTH 21
Introduction: the early years21
The Coal Question 23
On population growth24
The empirical analysis and policy recommendations32
Conclusions36
Appendix 2.1 Coal consumption42
Appendix 2.2 Population data44
3 SUNSPOTS AND EXPECTATIONS Jevons’s theory of economic fluctuations 45
Introduction45
Early recognitions of the role of expectations47
Jevons’s early analysis of fluctuations52
Jevons’s sunspot theory55
Economic policy and fluctuations61
Critical evaluations of Jevons’s sunspot theory64
Conclusions67

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements x
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Appendix 1.1 Chronology of Jevons’s Life 8
  • Part I - Macroeconomic Concerns 19
  • 2 - Jevons’s Theory of Economic Growth 21
  • Appendix 2.1 Coal Consumption 42
  • Appendix 2.2 Population Data 44
  • 3 - Sunspots and Expectations 45
  • Part II - Microeconomic Theory 71
  • 4 - Jevons’s Theory of Political Economy 73
  • 5 - Jevons’s Theory of Exchange 90
  • Appendix 5.1 Physics and Neoclassical Economics 114
  • 6 - Production 115
  • Part III - Economic Policy 135
  • 7 - Jevons and Utilitarianism 137
  • 8 - Jevons’s Analysis of Policy 155
  • Part IV - Methodology 171
  • 9 - The Rise of Empirical Methods 173
  • 10 - Jevons’s Empirical Studies 194
  • Appendix 10.1 Jevons’s Commodity Groups, Enlarged Sample 214
  • Appendix 10.2 The Currency Wear Calculations 217
  • Appendix 10.3 The Davenant Corn Law 219
  • Appendix 10.4 Jevons’s 1875 Buys-Ballot Table 220
  • 11 - Conclusion 221
  • Notes 232
  • References 295
  • Index 307
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