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Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare

 
 
 
 
Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare
Author: Richard A. Easterlin
ISBN 13: 9780226180328
ISBN 10: 226180328
Edition: Second Edition
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1987-04-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 235
List Price: $32.00
 
 

In this influential work, Richard A. Easterlin shows how the size of a generation—the number of persons born in a particular year—directly and indirectly affects the personal welfare of its members, the make-up and breakdown of the family, and the general well being of the economy.

"[Easterlin] has made clear, I think unambiguously, that the baby-boom generation is economically underprivileged merely because of its size. And in showing this, he demonstrates that population size can be as restrictive as a factor as sex, race, or class on equality of opportunity in the U.S."—Jeffrey Madrick, Business Week