History of Economic Thought

Piketty and thinking about economics

There is a new economics rock-star touring the US by all accounts, and his name is Thomas Piketty. More precisely, the star of the show is Picketty's Capital in the Twenty-First century which is a 700-page volume on wealth distribution in 30 countries over decades and centuries of data. Read more

Thomas Scheiding: A history of scholarly communication in economics

We invited Thomas Scheiding from Cardinal Stritch University to review what we know about the scholarly communication process in economics. Tom has written forcefully on the history and economics of economic literature (see for instance, his 2009 JEM article). His latest is a study of the scholarly communication process in physics (an article in Studies).

Economics, Psychology and the Joyless Economy: The Biography of Tibor Scitovsky

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The purpose of this project is to write an intellectual biography of the Hungarian economist Tibor Scitovsky (1910-2002). Scitovsky is known primarily for his pathbreaking 1976 book, The Joyless Economy, which offered a pioneering critique of both the standard neoclassical account of rational choice and postwar North American consumer society. 

Macroeconomics in Perspective

Mature history of economics

In the past decade, the volume of literature in the history of economics has been of 500 articles and just under 50 books a year. The graph below traces the count in two year intervals (articles left axis, books right axis). The absolute volume is stable but given the growth of economic literature in the period, stable might be rebranded as static.

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Do social movements create new ideas?

The short answer is yes. For the long answer I will make you sit through seven paragraphs. Read more