From time to time I come across something that provides a glimpse into the administrative infrastructure that supports the educational mission of an economics department. When I think of the Yale economics department in the early 1970s where I worked as a bursary boy for the chairman, Merton J. Peck, I remember three women
In tracking down faculty who taught economics at U.S. universities in the past we sometimes have to rummage in the dimmer corners of pretty obscure history of economics. From the following items we see that John Christopher Schwab was among the first German-trained cohort of economists. He worked his way up to a professorship
The significance for the history of economics of the following three memos is that they provide an illustration of the diffusion (infiltration?) of the M.I.T. canon to other departments. Albert Ando taught a few years at M.I.T. before coming to Penn and Phoebus Dhrymes (M.I.T., Ph.D., 1961) wrote his dissertation under Kuh and Solow.
In the collection of final examinations in the Harvard archives, I came across both the Radcliffe and Harvard final examinations for the identical course with the title “Programs of Social Reconstruction” taught by Edward S. Mason. This course was one of the undergraduate staples offered earlier by Thomas Nixon Carver that was handed off to Mason
Regular paid sabbatical leave was not the policy of the University of Chicago at least up through World War I. Also faculty costs to attend professional meetings were not covered unless the faculty member was representing the University in some official capacity. _____________________ THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF
What I found particularly striking in the following memo, written by the chairman of the Chicago department of economics in 1955, is the number of fields in which the department saw itself weak or at least in need of support: labor, international, mathematical economics and econometrics, development, and industrial organization. Perhaps this was just
One probably would have forecast that Eva L. Mueller who was awarded her economics Ph.D. (Radcliffe College) in 1951 with the dissertation “Business Savings and the Business Cycle” would have gone on to become a macroeconomist. Arthur Smithies was the chairman of the Harvard economics department at the time she received her Ph.D. and
While Economics in the Rear-view Mirror’s ambition is to be the boutique blog of economics education in the United States up through the 1960s, from time to time I’ll venture off the North American continent to explore English and German departments, seminars etc. Earlier I have transcribed and posted the 1891 guide to the Cambridge
The graduate course for Keynesian economics at Harvard in the 1940s was Principles of Money and Banking taught by Alvin H. Hansen and John H. Williams. Course materials for 1946-47 were transcribed and posted earlier . Almost all of the exam questions for 1947-48 are new.