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  Rummaging through the digital archives of Barnard College in search of curricular materials, I was paging through scrapbooks of Barnard graduates in search of old syllabi and exams when I happened to stumble upon the five year self-reports of the class of 1907. There I found the story of an empirical labor researcher who

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  Today’s artifact provides a collection of suggestions from three young faculty members of the University of Chicago department of economics in 1957 regarding (inter alia) thesis writing, linkages with business/law/statistics faculty, long-term staffing, and the creation of a working-papers series. After reading the report, I guess one should not be terribly surprised that all three

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    In a previous post I transcribed the final exam questions for Francis Bowen’s senior year course “Political Economy” at Harvard, 1868-69. In that post you will also find biographical information. In the following year, 1869-70, “Political Economy” was not offered to seniors but was available in the second term of the junior year.

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  From 1955 through 1961 the University of Chicago economics Ph.D. alumnus (1950) and early Cowles Commission researcher, Carl Christ, was associate professor at the University of Chicago. I stumbled upon the following reading lists for his two quarter econometrics sequence from 1957 filed away in Milton Friedman’s papers along with Econ 300A and 300B

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  A few posts ago I provided a transcription of a bibliography of supplementary readings for Harvard’s principles of economics course in 1938-39.  While not uninteresting and indeed suggestive of the breakdown of topics and associated canonical texts, the bibliography provided little insight to the actual course coverage. To remedy this I took a deep

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  A supplementary bibliography for Harvard’s introductory economics course along with the enrollment data were transcribed for the previous post. The final exams for both semesters of this two semester course are transcribed below. A transcription of the first multiple-choice exam for introductory economics at Harvard (1948!) has also been posted. _______________________ 1938-39 HARVARD UNIVERSITY ECONOMICS

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    __________________________ …Economics A is required for admittance into every advanced course, although there are a few which allow it to be taken at the same time. It is by no means too difficult for Freshmen, may be taken by them with the consent of the instructor, and concentrators urge all Freshmen who think

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