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Month: September 2016

_______________________ The tripling of regular economics course offerings at Harvard in the early 1880’s attracted medium (they only had newspapers then, so I suppose the singular form is appropriate) attention as seen in the following story from the New York Evening Post (October 11, 1883) that was picked up by the Chicago Tribune (October 15, 1883).

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____________________________ In preparing the previous post that transcribed the honours examination for money, credit and prices at the University of Toronto in 1933, I discovered that the annual calendar of the University provided an excellent overview of the economics curriculum that included short course descriptions along with brief reference bibliographies for each of the courses.

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_______________________________ The honors examination questions for Money, Credit and Prices from the University of Toronto transcribed below were filed away by A. G. Hart in a folder marked “Chi Qualifying”, perhaps not an ideal resting place for this particular archival artifact. At least now these exam questions are discoverable through a standard internet search and

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__________________________ While working on a list of University of Chicago Ph.D.’s in economics, I came across the press report (transcribed below) of the tragic death of an early pioneer in the field of labor economics (then known as “labor problems”) at the University of Chicago. What might have been, had this scholar’s life not ended so early? __________________________ Hoxie,

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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

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10 months ago

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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

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_________________ 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

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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

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10 months ago

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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

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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

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