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 Harvard, Columbia, Chicago, 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.
- Laughlin’s List from 1887 with links to publications he recommended for every economics teacher’s library.
- Reading assignments for Frank W. Taussig’s economic theory course from 1923-24 (with links!) extracted from Frank W. Fetter’s student notes for the course.
- Fully-linked list of 18 Popular Economic Tracts from 1880-1891 published by the Society for Political Education.
- 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.
- Reading list (almost completely linked) to William Fellner’s History of Economic Thought course taught at Harvard during the academic year 1950-51.
- Henry Schultz’s reading list (most items linked!) for the mathematical economics course he taught at Chicago in 1935.
- Thomas Nixon Carver’s reading list (all items linked!) for his course at Harvard “Economic Theory in the Nineteenth Century”, 1900-01.
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.
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