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Month: October 2017

  While economics course examination questions are relatively abundant at Harvard, field examinations for Ph.D. candidates are not so common. The following is transcribed from a carbon-copy found in a departmental folder labeled “1935-37-38-42”.  Judging from the questions, I might have guessed the exam would have come earlier than the late 1930s. At least for

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  This posting was prepared at the INET Festival for New Economic Thinking in Edinburgh (October 19-20, 2017). It turned out to be a nice case-study of preparing an artifact for Economics in the Rear-view Mirror. Edward Dana Durand was a Cornell Ph.D. in economics and statistics who was to go on to be a director

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  Memorial minutes give us a snapshot appreciation of a deceased economist by colleagues. One really doesn’t read these to get any new significant items for the biography, one hopes instead to cull some insight into the minds and hearts of those who knew both the person and the work. “Innate modesty and a genuine

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  Abram Bergson was the venerable dean of Soviet economic studies in the United States. During my undergraduate and graduate days, I was assigned in four different courses one chapter from his magnum opus, The real national income of Soviet Russia since 1928 (Cambridge, Harvard, University Press, 1961). In that chapter Bergson provided an exposition

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    These scriptural apocrypha were found in a folder archived in Milton Friedman’s papers at the Hoover Institution labelled “University of Chicago, Miscellaneous” in which texts from Chicago (economics) performance art had been filed. The First Epistle Unto the Entering Students and First Epistle Unto New Students are clearly of divine inspiration though we

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    The Harvard Crimson has a really useful search function that provides a student’s perspective on undergraduate economics education in Harvard’s ivy-covered (well, sometimes) lecture halls. I added links to courses and professors for a bit of value-added. Otherwise the article speaks for itself. _______________________ The Harvard Crimson April 22, 1953 Economics Number of

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  Columbia University’s professor of banking (1917-37), Henry Parker Willis was an early economics Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, a student of J. Laurence Laughlin. He played an important role in the founding and early years of the Federal Reserve System and later as a expert consultant on banking affairs for the U.S. Congress.

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  The following reading list from the University of California (Berkeley), Spring 1959, was found in the papers of Martin Bronfenbrenner who as far as I can determine was at Michigan State at the time. Perhaps someone who looks at the reading list (formatted more-or-less to look like the original mimeo) could identify which of

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