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Month: March 2016

While Economics in the Rear-View Mirror  is focussed on the content of graduate education in economics (including both the transmission of the tools and norms of economic science and scholarship), from time to time I’ll be adding artifacts related to the certification function of degree-granting institutions that have established rules to regulate the “paper-chase” of their graduate students. Examples:

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Thomas Nixon Carver was granted a sabbatical leave from Harvard for the academic year 1906-07. Frank Albert Fetter from Cornell was hired to teach Carver’s course that covered economic utopias and proposed social reforms.  Inspecting university course catalogues from where Fetter had previously taught, I was able to find that he did indeed once teach a one term course at

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Majors in economics at Harvard had to pass a battery of examinations in their Junior and Senior years (7.5 hours for non-honors candidates and 10.5 hours for honors candidates) before they could graduate. A printed copy of questions for thirteen component A.B. examinations in economics at Harvard for the academic year 1938-39 (over thirty pages!) are to be found

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Welcome to Economics in the Rear-View Mirror. If you find this posting interesting, here is the complete list of “artifacts” from the history of economics I have assembled thus far. You can subscribe to this blog below.  There is also an opportunity for comment following each posting…. ______________________ Transcribed from items in the Milton Friedman papers at the Hoover Institution today’s posting

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Relatively tough grading in undergraduate economics courses at the University of Chicago during the roaring ‘twenties Calculated by Irwin Collier from official totals of marks reported by departments.   ___________________ Significantly Lower Grade Average for Economics Courses Effective with the Summer Quarter, 1925 the University of Chicago switched from a marking system that distinguished nine ranks

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Welcome to my blog, Economics in the Rear-View Mirror. If you find this posting interesting, here is the complete list of “artifacts” from the history of economics I have assembled for you to sample or click on the search icon in the upper right to explore by name, university, or category. You can subscribe to my blog below.  There

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Welcome to my blog, Economics in the Rear-View Mirror. If you find this posting interesting, here is the list of “artifacts” from the history of economics I have already assembled for you to sample or click on the search icon in the upper right to explore by name, university, or category. You can subscribe to

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Welcome to my blog, Economics in the Rear-View Mirror. If you find this posting interesting, here is the complete list of “artifacts” from the history of economics I have assembled for you to sample or click on the search icon in the upper right to explore by name, university, or category. You can subscribe to my blog below.  There

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Welcome to my blog, Economics in the Rear-View Mirror. If you find this posting interesting, here is the complete list of “artifacts” from the history of economics I have assembled for you to sample or click on the search icon in the upper right to explore by name, university, or category. You can subscribe to my blog below.  There

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Welcome to my blog, Economics in the Rear-View Mirror. If you find this posting interesting, here is the list of “artifacts” from the history of economics I have already assembled for you to sample or click on the search icon in the upper right to explore by name, university, or category. You can subscribe to my blog below.  There

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