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Introduction to Economics in the Rear-view Mirror



Here a short interview that introduces me and my INET project.

With this blog, Economics in the Rear-View Mirror (second anniversary celebrated on May 8, 2017), I am sharing a growing selection (here is the list of 667 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 1960s. Thanks to an inaugural research grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), I have spent significant time in the HarvardColumbiaChicago, and Yale archives as well as in the Hoover Institution Archive and at the Duke University Economists’ Papers Archive. 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.

For newcomers to Economics in the Rear-View Mirror, my Curator’s Favorites.

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.

For links to 20th century economics books, we also have a Twentieth Century Economics Library.

Special pages for Harvard Ph.D.’s and Chicago Ph.D.’s in Economics through 1926.

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8 thoughts on “Introduction to Economics in the Rear-view Mirror

    1. Welcome aboard Jennifer! Glad to have a full-time historian looking into the rear-view mirror over my shoulder.

  1. As an Independent Scholar interested in both archives and economic history, I am glad to find this resources!

    1. So happy to hear! Welcome aboard and enjoy the company of the jolly historians of economics. Your comments, insight and advice are most welcome too.

  2. As a retired economist very interested in economic history, I am happy to find this blog.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. A couple of years from retirement myself, providing content to this blog is the plan from here on out.

  3. Thanks Iwin! For those few of us students under the German Historical School method (Tallinn University of Technology) this is an invaluable repository. I know that my professor Erik Reinert (Cornell, Harvard, St Gallen) would be interested and I’ll let him know about your website.

    1. You are most welcome! As coincidence would have it, I just posted a link to the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin’s first edition of Carl Menger’s “Die Irrthümer des Historismus in der deutschen nationalökonomie” from 1884 on my “Rare Book Reading Room” page. Needn’t worry, both sides of the debate will get their place on that page…Cheers.

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