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Second Anniversary of Economics in the Rear-View Mirror, 2017



Yesterday, May 8 (2017) Economics in the Rear-View Mirror celebrated its second anniversary of providing transcriptions of material culled from archives both physical and electronic. These artifacts are relevant, most of the time, to my research project on the history of economic graduate and undergraduate economics in the United States from the late 19th century through the early post-WWII years

As I did upon the first anniversary of Economics in the Rear-View Mirror, let me provide guests attending this anniversary celebration with a top-ten list of postings (with links!) according to page visits over the course of this second year.

  1. Harvard. Econ 113b. Schumpeter’s Grad Course on the History of Economics. 1940
  2. Harvard. Advanced Economic Theory, Schumpeter, 1941-42
  3. Swarthmore. Economic Theory Honors Exam Questions by Samuelson. 1943
  4. Chicago. Friedman from Cambridge on Arrow, Tobin, Harry Johnson, Joan Robinson. 1953
  5. Harvard. Taussig/Schumpeter/A.Sweezy’s final examination in value and distribution theory, 1935
  6. Harvard Economics. Economics 101. Econ Theory. Chamberlin, 1938-9
  7. Joseph Schumpeter on Methodological Individualism, 1908
  8. Harvard. Haberler Argues Against Galbraith And On Behalf of Samuelson, 1948
  9. MIT. Samuelson at the Joint Economic Committee, 1973
  10. MIT. Robert Solow’s Advanced Economic Theory Course, 1962

The top two spots were won by none other than Joseph Schumpeter. Indeed both of his postings achieved the identical ranks in the previous top-ten annual list. Chamberlin slipped only from 5th to 6th place in the ranking. All other top-ten items were posted during the past twelve months. It is interesting to note Schumpeter is absolute and relative click-bait, accounting for 40% of last year’s top ten. Samuelson was good for another 30%. 

I suppose I should not be surprised that the “Demand” is so much greater for artifacts associated with the giants of the relatively recent past than those artifacts from more distant times associated  with much less familiar or even unknown names.  I can only encourage visitors to check out the complete catalog of artifacts and sample some of the pre-WWII, indeed 19th century offerings. 

P.S. Two popular pages having absolutely nothing to do with the History of Economics:  Christmas 2016 and Springtime for Twittler. Both are satirical doggerel written for these times of Trump.


Irwin Collier

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