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ISBN: 0691025991
Author: Stanley Lebergott
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 22, 1996)
Pages: 206
Category: Economics
Subcategory: Money
Rating: 4.2
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Whether watching baseball or undergoing heart surgery, Americans have bought a variety of goods and services to achieve happiness.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Here is a provocative look at what they have chosen to purchase.

He sees consumers seeking to make an uncertain and often cruel world into a pleasanter and more convenient place-and.

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He sees consumers seeking to make an uncertain and often cruel world into a pleasanter and more convenient place-and, for the most part, succeeding. With refreshing common sense, he reminds us of what many "luxuries" have meant, especially for women: increased income since 1900 has been used largely to lighten the backbreaking labor once required by household chores. Originally published in 1993. Pursuing Happiness - Stanley Lebergott.

Whether watching baseball or undergoing heart surgery, Americans have bought a variety of goods and services to achieve happiness.

Stanley Lebergott was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 22, 1918 and went to the University of Michigan, where he. .

Stanley Lebergott was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 22, 1918 and went to the University of Michigan, where he got both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in economics in the late 1930s. He married Ruth Wellington in 1941, and they had two children (one daughter and one son), Karen and Steven. Steven died in 1995 but Lebergott's wife and daughter Karen outlived hi.Lebergott joined the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1940

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Автор: Lebergott Stanley Название: Pursuing Happiness: American .

Author of Men without work, Pursuing happiness, Manpower in economic growth, Manpower in economic growth, The Americans, an economic record, Wealth and Want .

Author of Men without work, Pursuing happiness, Manpower in economic growth, Manpower in economic growth, The Americans, an economic record, Wealth and Want, Consumer expenditures, The American economy.

Whether watching baseball or undergoing heart surgery, Americans have bought a variety of goods and services to achieve happiness. Here is a provocative look at what they have chosen to purchase. Stanley Lebergott maintains that the average consumer has behaved more reasonably than many distinguished critics of "materialism" have suggested. He sees consumers seeking to make an uncertain and often cruel world into a pleasanter and more convenient place--and, for the most part, succeeding. With refreshing common sense, he reminds us of what many "luxuries" have meant, especially for women: increased income since 1900 has been used largely to lighten the backbreaking labor once required by household chores.

Originally published in 1993.

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Comments:

Dagdage
I loved reading this book, I loved teaching this book. Lebergott had his own style of writing economic history that is NEVER DULL. Pursuing Happiness reminds you that all those house appliances that some writers look down on (looking at you, ghost of JK Galbraith) made our life better. Electricity is safer for lighting than open flames. Automatic washing machines and indoor plumbing made women's lives easier. And most of that stuff now takes up a much smaller share of income. Sorry, doomsayers. But caves in federal land can still be yours, if you kick the bears out first.

It is a minor unfairness of life that Princeton let this go out of print. Surely with POD technology it could be brought back and I could teach out of it again. My students need to read Stan Lebergott, and soak up some of his wisdom and joie de vivre, although they don't know that yet. Come on Princeton University Press, get with the beat.

EDIT: Hooray! Princeton Legacy Library has made Pursuing Happiness available through POD! Thank you very much Princeton UP. Can't wait to teach out of it again.
Camper
Stanley Lebergott has earned a reputation as one of America's foremost economic historian. He is a first-rate economist; he writes beautifully and cleverly; he is learned; and his subjects are germane.
PURSUING HAPPINESS is a terrific book. Lebergott reviews the history of consumption opportunities under capitalism. Like Julian Simon, and Mike Cox & Rick Alm, he finds that the material well-being of ordinary Americans has skyrocketed during the 20th century. To compare American living standards at the close of the 20th century to those at the beginning of the 20th century is to discover an explosion of wealth so vast that we who today enjoy this astonishing wealth can scarcely imagine what life was like for our ancestors of just 100 years ago.
Today, we have many more things -- and much more time (both because we live longer and because we have more leisure), improved health, greater learning, and a richer menu of entertainments. Lebergott shows also that capitalism has been especially good for the working classes and for women. For example, he documents the extraordinarily burdensome and time-consuming tasks that nearly all women 100 years ago did routinely to keep their households running. Today, almost all such tasks are farmed out or mechanized. (In one of his many brilliant lines, Lebergott notes that "By the 1980s, only a handful of hippies expected their womenfolk to haul water from the brook or well.")
No one who comments upon the course of the American economy should be without this book.
Shezokha
This is a remarkable, concise, easy to read and to the point overview of the dramatic improvement in the lifestyle of Americans over the 20th Century. If I were to recommend just one book on the subject this would be it.

The book is divided into two parts: 1)Economic Well Being, dealing with various consumer topics such as the effect of consumption inequality, advertising, choices consumers make, the improvement in buying power for an hour's work and the decline in housework hours leading to the entry of women into the labor force. 2) Major Trends deals with various consumer sectors such as food, housing, clothing, transportation, health care, etc. and adds seldom covered subjects like the diffusion of public water supply and the decline in deaths from various infectious diseases.

There are ample tables of data and numerous references.

This is one economics book that was actually fun to read.
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Actually had Stan the Man as a professor at Wesleyan - frankly a bit on the dry side - but always full of fascinating facts and information. And he was always willing to chide the "life was better 100 years ago" nonsense.

As a writer and economist he is GREAT and this book is so clear and full of smart common sense thinking it is scary to think that for a lot of people it is full of revelations that challenge the group think. If you like economics and history you can't miss this.

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