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Month: October 2016

_______________________________________ When I came across the correspondence in this post, what caught my eye was that a Columbia doctoral student in economics had written to her adviser asking for advice in the face of a seemingly certain termination of her instructorship at Bryn Mawr simply on the grounds of her being Catholic. I thought it good to post a reminder just

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Economics in the Rear-View Mirror proudly adds a new data base for the history of economics community:  biographical data for the first sixty Ph.D. economists turned out by the University of Chicago from 1894-1926. Additions and corrections are welcome! Just add a comment with your suggestions.  

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The previous post provided the syllabus (with links to the readings) for Abbott Payson Usher’s 1921 course “European Industry and Commerce in the Nineteenth Century”. While looking for some background on Usher in the on-line archive for the Harvard Crimson, I came across the following two stories about a public discussion of Hayek’s Road to Serfdom that

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10 months ago

________________________ Abbott Payson Usher (1883-1965) first taught his nineteenth century European economic history course at Harvard in the fall semester of 1921-22 at the rank of Lecturer. Usher received his A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1904, 1905, 1910, respectively.  The syllabus for the course is provided in this post and all readings are linked to their

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Joseph Schumpeter offered his graduate course “History and Literature of Economics since 1776” nine times during the period 1940-1949. The core readings were basically unchanged. In an earlier post I provided the reading list and examinations from the 1939-40 academic year. This post provides the much stripped down reading list for the last time Schumpeter

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__________________________ The economic historian Alexander Gerschenkron was an associate professor when he taught the graduate seminar on the Russian Economy in the Fall semester of 1948-49 at Harvard. The reading list has two parts:  the first for the Soviet Economy, the second for socialist economics. Leontief taught

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11 months ago

_________________ THE ECONOMIC SEMINARY, 1903-1904. Edited by Associate Professor J. H. Hollander. During the current academic year, the Economic Seminary has continued its investigation into the history, activities and influence of labor organizations in the United States. Its membership has been more narrowly limited to advanced students preparing for a scientific career in economic study,

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In an old email (2003!) from my Berliner Humboldt Universität colleague/buddy Michael Burda, I found a gem he forwarded to me from Brad DeLong’s Semi-Daily Journal (July 6, 2003). I was unable to establish a link to the original page at DeLong’s current website.  Today’s post is an article from 1905 that provides spending data based on

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__________________________ One detects George Stigler’s style in the justification below for the purchase of two pieces of calculating equipment for the use of economics faculty at Columbia in 1948: “…the economist requires more than a library, a pen, a desk, and possibly a crystal-ball to prosecute his studies. He requires empirical material, lots of it,

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____________________________ Three memos that propose the faculty members in Political Economy (and Commerce and Administration) to prepare the written doctoral examination questions by fields, 1923-1924 along with a list of the names of the examinees by fields for the summer quarter of 1925. ____________________________ October 24, 1923 MEMORANDUM to the PERSONS mentioned below SUBJECT:       Written Examinations for

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