The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Fogel, Robert William (Born 1926)

  • Stanley L. Engerman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95189-5_2732

Abstract

A pioneer in the development of cliometrics, Robert Fogel has always focused on linking economic analysis to the study of historical problems and on the need for large-scale data collection and analysis. Based on this approach, he found that that slavery was profitable and viable even on the eve of the American Civil War; and he used information on height to draw inferences on food consumption by slaves. Fogel has since become involved in the economics of aging and longevity, the impact of the expansion of leisure time in the developed world, and the increasing burden of health care.

Keywords

Aging populations Agriculture Anthropometric history Cliometrics Counterfactuals Economic history Fogel, R Health care Nutrition Railroads Slavery Transport 

JEL Classification

B31 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanley L. Engerman
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