Introduction to Economics in the Rear-view Mirror
With this blog, Economics in the Rear-view Mirror (celebrated its first anniversary on May 8, 2016), I am sharing a growing selection (here is the list of 441 artifacts thus far) of historical material I have gathered in my project devoted to the evolution of the undergraduate and graduate teaching of economics in the United States from the 1880s through the 1950s. Thanks to an inaugural research grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), I have spent significant time in the Harvard, Columbia, Chicago, and Yale archives as well as in the Hoover Institution Archive and at the Duke University Economists’ Papers Project. More recently I also visited the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the Johns Hopkins University Archives, and the Library of Congress. I do hope that the material provided here helps the academic community of historians of economics, practicing or in-training. Down the road, I also hope to attract student volunteers for a collaborative, crowdsourced project to digitalize economics course notes from generations of past economists.
A special service for visitors interested in scans of early editions of important earlier works in economics: a link to “my” Economics Rare Book Reading Room. It is a collection in-progress, so worth returning to from time to time.
Here a short interview that introduces me and my INET project.
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