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Susan B. Carter and Richard Sutch

Susan B. Carter and Richard Sutch

Bringing the Economics of the Past to Light

Did you know that during the Vietnam War era, over 20,000 Americans per year emigrated from the United States to Canada? Or that the in the early years of the republic, the typical American woman had seven to eight live births during her reproductive years, one of the highest levels of fertility ever observed for a large population? These and a host of other facts have been brought to light in Historical Statistics of the United States, co-edited by two UCR economic professors, Richard Sutch and Susan B. Carter.

The Millennial Edition contains the very best social science data professional scholars have identified, which has made it the definitive source for everyone, from high school student to a policy maker or journalist. The statistical data provides access to historical insight, helping readers to better formulate objectivity and create sounder assessments about the policies or proposals that alter the future.

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To produce the Millennial Edition, Sutch and Carter partnered with Cambridge University Press and more than 200 of the nation’s leading social scientists and scholars.

The 29-pound set is the standard source for statistics about American history, ranging from work and welfare to energy, abortions and Vietnam veterans. The update expands the previous edition from two to five volumes and has more than four times as many pages of documentation and source criticism, and a tripling of the number of data series – over 37,000.

The Millennial Edition of the classic statistical work was named the Library Journal's Best of Reference for that year, and one of the 2007 Outstanding Reference Sources by a division of the American Library Association.

Sutch and Carter — who are married — have complimentary research areas. Carter is interested in historical perspectives on the labor market, while Sutch's historical research interests are on economic policies. Sutch has studied the economics of slavery and reconstruction, while Carter has researched discrimination.

In addition to their collaboration on the Millennial volumes, the two have co-authored the book Research in Economic History, a chapter on "Historical Perspectives on the Economic Consequences of Immigration into the United States," which can be found in The Handbook of International Migration and "Myth of the Industrial Scrap Heap: A Revisionist View of Turn-of-the-Century American Retirement," published in the Journal of Economic History.

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