The Journal of Economic History

Papers Presented at the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association

Economy and Society in an Earlier America

Stuart Brucheya1

a1 Professor of American Economic History at Columbia University, New York, NY 10027.


I suggest here that change in a number of social variables, including values, vertical mobility, political and social power, technology and law, appear to be associated with economic growth or decline and that the study of economic history would be enriched by investigations of the nature and timing of those linkages. Illustrative models of the linkages are drawn for the early Middle Ages in Western Europe and for the colonial and antebellum periods of American history.