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    _________________ Today’s post provides biographical information about a fresh Harvard economics Ph.D. contained in a memo (ca. 1930) filed along with correspondence between that alumnus, William Thomas Ham, and Harvard economics department chair (1927-1939)  Professor Harold H. Burbank. From genealogical data bases I have assembled a few additional items: William Thomas Ham was

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    Harvard economics alumnus Wolfgang Stolper (Ph.D. 1938) was able to leverage his friendships and connections from graduate school to obtain a flow of external examiners for Swarthmore College’s honors examinations in economics. For today’s post I have transcribed the examination questions in economic theory provided by Richard Musgrave (Harvard Ph.D., 1937). The 1943 honors

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      Today’s reading lists for the core Chicago course in price and distribution theory as taught by Harvard’s man in Chicago, Lloyd A. Metzler, in 1952 is virtually identical to that of his reading lists for 1948-49 posted earlier. There were only a few additions and few deletions. More interesting are comparisons with

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    In the year after being granted tenure at Harvard, Stephen A. Marglin taught an undergraduate microeconomics course to which he invited Professors Galbraith, Arrow, Gintis and Dorfman for a discussion with his students. He included a copy of his reading list in his invitation to Galbraith which are both transcribed below.  Marglin’s biography was

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    Examination questions spanning just over a half-century can be found in Frank Taussig’s personal scrapbook of cut-and-pasted semester examinations for his entire Harvard career. Until Schumpeter took over the core economic theory course from Taussig in 1935, Taussig’s course covering economic theory and its history was a part of almost every properly educated

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  This post includes: A typed page of course readings for Friedrich August Lutz’s Princeton economics theory course from 1949-50, transcribed from Martin Shubik‘s course notes, have been augmented with handwritten additions found scattered throughout the notes (identified in italics); several handwritten lists of readings from later during the course. _____________________ Economics 501 Typed page

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    __________________________ Every so often the tiny cultural studies scholar inside my economist body says it is time to post another artifact from the social life of an economics department. Annual Christmas parties, skit parties and picnics (less so) are occasions when economists attempt to write comedy and some popular or familiar song or

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    Examination questions spanning just over a half-century can be found in Frank Taussig’s personal scrapbook of cut-and-pasted semester examinations for his entire Harvard career. Until Schumpeter took over the core economic theory course from Taussig in 1935, Taussig’s course covering economic theory and its history was a part of every properly educated Harvard

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