close

press enter after type

jamesedmundportraitaea

This post assembles five articles on German universities published by one of the founders of the American Economic Association, its twelfth president Edmund Janes James who like many of his contemporaries received his training in economics in Germany. It is interesting to see how in the 1880’s “Seminar” was italicized as a foreign word. Visitors

Read More
fox_0

2 days ago

0

While surfing through some early volumes (1890-1895) of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, I stumbled across the following announcement for a Berlin set of a dozen public courses to be held by distinguished scholars (of course the courses would have been offered in German, but it is handy here

Read More
by Walter Stoneman, platinotype, 1917

_________________ Actually the admiration turns out to have been mutual. _________________ Perhaps I may be allowed to end with an Englishman’s expression of admiration, tinged perhaps a little with envy, at the generous opportunities which the rapidly growing number of American universities is offering for advanced economic study, and at the zeal and ability with which

Read More
mitmuseum_solow1

Robert Solow taught the course Advanced Economic Theory at MIT in the Spring of the 1961/62 academic year. Of the dozen graduate students who took the course for credit were a future Nobel prize winner (Peter Diamond), a future Princeton professor and later member of Jimmy Carter’s Council of Economic Advisers (Stephen Goldfeld), a future

Read More
1949_mit_beaver_techniquecover

4 days ago

0

Coming up will be the reading list(s) and exam for the course Economics 14.123 (Advanced Economic Theory) taught by Robert Solow in the Spring semester of the 1961-62 academic year at M.I.T.  _____________________ May, 1962 GENERAL EXAMINATION—ADVANCED THEORY Answer question 1 and 3 others. Make a catalog of the kinds of situations in which resource

Read More
ripley_william_zebina_1934-001

William Zebina Ripley (1867-1941) was awarded a B.S. in civil engineering from M.I.T. in 1890. With his dissertation “The Financial History of Virginia, 1607-1776”  he earned a doctorate in political economy at Columbia University in 1893. His initial reputation was based on his work The Races of Europe: A Sociological Study (1899)  that ascribed civic

Read More
harvard

In 1937 the Harvard Department of Economics was caught up in a storm that came to be known as the Sweezy-Walsh Affair.  Alan R. Sweezy (A.B. Harvard, 1929; Ph.D. Harvard, 1932) and J. Raymond Walsh (B.A. Beloit College, 1921; Ph.D. Harvard, 1934) were given notice in March 1937 that their first-term appointments as faculty instructors

Read More
berlinuniversity_loc_00342v

___________________   An excerpt from a newspaper report comparing political economy as taught in New York at Columbia University with political economy as taught in Berlin was published in the Columbia University Bulletin in 1897.  The unnamed author of the report concluded that “the primacy which Germany enjoyed a few years ago has passed away”. Compare this to a report (1884) overflowing with praise for the

Read More
1913_moultondebatecoach_ucmagazine-copy

________________________ Besides being of interest to us as the first President of the Brookings Institution, Harold Glenn Moulton started his career on the faculty of the University of Chicago after having earned a doctorate there in 1914. This post provides a time line of his career followed by links to some of his early books, a few

Read More
nypl_digitalcollections_68250

1 week ago

0

The following requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the Columbia University Faculty of Political Science were published in the Columbia University Bulletin of Information. Announcement 1920-1921 of Courses offered in History, Economics and Public Law. The date of publication of the Bulletin is January 31, 1920 which is two weeks before the

Read More