Summary: The Academic Scribblers offers a thoughtful and highly literate summary of modern economic thought. It presents the story of economics through the lives of twelve major modern economists, beginning with Alfred Marshall and concluding with Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman. In a very real sense, this book picks up where Robert Heilbroner's classic The Wordly Philosophers leaves off. Whereas Heilbroner begins with Smith and ends with Joseph Schumpeter, Breit and Ranso
m bring the story of modern American and British economic theory up to the 1980s. The Academic Scribblers is an elegant summary of modern economic policy debate and an enticement into a happy engagement with the "dismal science" of economics."
Summary: The Academic Scribblers offers a thoughtful and highly literate summary of modern economic thought. It presents the story of economics through the lives of twelve major modern economists, beginning with Alfred Marshall and concluding with Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman. In a very real sense, this book picks up where Robert Heilbroner's classic The Wordly Philosophers leaves off. Whereas Heilbroner begins with Smith and ends with Joseph Schumpeter, Breit and Ransom bring the story of modern American and British economic theory up to the 1980s. The Academic Scribblers is an elegant summary of modern economic policy debate and an enticement into a happy engagement with the "dismal science" of economics." ...show less
Edition/Copyright:3RD 98 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Princeton University Press Published: 09/14/1998 International: No
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Breit, William : Trinity University
William Breit is the E. M. Stevens Distinguished Professor of Economics at Trinity University in San Antonio.
Ransom, Roger L. : University of California-Riverside
Roger L. Ransom is Professor of Economics and History at the University of California, Riverside.
Solow, Robert M. : Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robert M. Solow is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1987.
"As a guide to the intellectual origins of many hotly debated current and proposed economic policies, The Academic Scribblers is an outstanding success."
--J. Bernard Burnham, National Review
"Even to try to survey so much is commendable and the authors have done more. They take the reader through the ideas of the twelve in a way that shows that they are competent theorists themselves."
--William D. Grampp, The American Political Science Review
"The Academic Scribblers is a compact, lucid survey of the ideas of an even dozen British and American economists.... A splendid book. It should be read by every undergraduate student of economics."
--William H. Miernyk, Social Science Quarterly
Submitted by the Publisher, March, 2001
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Foreword Preface to the First Edition Preface to the Second Edition
Ch. 1 Introduction
Pt. 1 The Pillars of Neoclassical Economics
Ch. 2 The Intellectual Gantry of Neoclassical Economic Policy Ch. 3 Alfred Marshall - Exemplar of Neoclassical Economic Thought
Pt. 2 The Eclipse of Neoclassical Economics
Ch. 4 Thorstein Veblen - The Abrogation of Consumer Sovereignty Ch. 5 Arthur Cecil Pigou - Externalities in Production Ch. 6 Edward Hastings Chamberlin - The Wastes of Competition Ch. 7 John Maynard Keynes - Unemployment in Equilibrium
Pt. 3 The New Economics
Ch. 8 Alvin H. Hansen - The American Keynes Ch. 9 Paul A. Samuelson - From Economic Wunderkind to Policymaker Ch. 10 Abba P. Lerner - The Artist as Economist Ch. 11 John Kenneth Galbraith - Economist as Social Critic
Pt. 4 The New Neoclassicism
Ch. 12 Frank H. Knight - Philosopher of the Counterrevolution in Economics Ch. 13 Henry C. Simons - Radical Proponent of Laissez-faire Ch. 14 Milton Friedman - Classical Liberal as Economic Scientist Ch. 15 Conclusion
Afterword: The Academic Scribblers after Twenty-Five Years Index
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