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Month: July 2017

  J. Laurence Laughlin published an abridged version of John Stuart Mill’s Principles of Economics in 1884 after five years of using Mill’s Principles as his political economy textbook at Harvard. He added “critical, bibliographical, and explanatory notes, and a sketch of the history of political economy”. Given Laughlin’s important role as founding head of

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    University archives are very strict about releasing the academic records of their alumni. Every so often I find that one of the pack-rats I encounter in my archival visits kept a personal copy of his or her own transcripts. The economic historian Earl J. Hamilton had copies of his transcripts from his B.S.

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3 months ago

    The newest addition to the series of Curator’s Favorites provides complete links to the works cited by Moritz Kaufmann in the forward to his 1879 book: Utopias; or, Schemes of Social Improvement from Sir Thomas More to Karl Marx.   The third addition is the fully-linked list of 18 Popular Economic Tracts from 1880-1891

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  When asked by Clifford Hildreth who was working on his project, The Cowles Commission in Chicago, 1939-1955, for suggestions and/or observations from economists who had worked at Cowles during that period, Evsey Domar had few vivid recollections to offer of his year there some thirty five years earlier. Two items were associated with Jacob Marschak,

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  Course listings and enrollment data for the course, “Karl Marx”, that was offered three times in the 1930’s at the Harvard economics department have been posted earlier along with Wassily Leontief’s own draft outline. Before posting below the only set of final examination questions for this course that I have been able to locate,

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  Edward S. Mason and Wassily Leontief co-taught a semester course “Karl Marx” in the economics department of Harvard in the 1935-36 and 1936-37 academic years. There were few students enrolled in the course and it was not offered in 1937-38, but due to student demand for the course it was offered (it turns out

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  Edmund Ezra Day received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1909. In 1910 he joined the Harvard economics department with his specialty in the theory, organization, and practice of statistics. Following service with the War Industries Board in Washington during World War I, Day was promoted to professor at Harvard in 1920. He

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  The following memo was found in the papers of the Harvard department of economics outlining the formal requirements for the award of a master’s degree in economics for ten other departments ca. 1935.  Harvard requirements for 1934-35 have been previously posted here at Economics in the Rear-View Mirror. ____________________ REQUIREMENTS FOR A.M. IN ECONOMICS

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    For four Harvard economics Ph.D. candidates this posting provides information about their respective academic backgrounds, the six subjects of their general examinations along with the names of the examiners, the subject of their special subject, thesis subject and advisor(s) (where available). ________________________________________   DIVISION OF HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE

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3 months ago

    Reading the letter written by Wesley Clair Mitchell, the Director of Research at the NBER, to Arthur Burns in which Mitchell offers discouraging words regarding an appointment at NBER for Milton Friedman in 1945, it is interesting to see how Milton Friedman and his wife report on the controversy that very clearly influenced

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