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Title MIT and the transformation of American economics / edited by E. Roy Weintraub.

Publication Info. Durham : Duke University Press, 2014.

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 Moore Stacks  T171.M49 M57 2014    Available  ---
Description vi, 397 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series History of political economy. Annual supplement ; 2014
History of political economy. Annual supplement ; 2014.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Telling the Story of MIT Economics in the Postwar Period / E. Roy Weintraub -- Part 1. Beginnings -- Toward a History of Economics at MIT, 1940-72 / Beatrice Cherrier -- MIT's Openness to Jewish Economists / E. Roy Weintraub -- Paul A. Samuelson's Move to MIT / Roger E. Backhouse -- Part 2. Connections -- The Early Years of the MIT PhD Program in Industrial Economics / Pedro Garcia Duarte -- MIT's Rise to Prominence: Outline of a Collective Biography / Andrej Svorencik -- Negotiating the "Middle-of-the-Road" Position: Paul Samuelson, MIT, and the Politics of Textbook Writing, 1945-55 / Yann Giraud -- Serving the Institute and the Discipline: The Changing Profile of Economics at MIT as Viewed from Textbooks / Pedro Teixeira -- Part 3. Distinctiveness -- MIT and Money / Perry Mehrling -- In the Kingdom of Solovia: The Rise of Growth Economics at MIT, 1956-70 / Mauro Boianovsky and Kevin D. Hoover -- From Exploratory Modeling to Technical Expertise: Solow's Growth Model as a Multipurpose Design / Verena Halsmayer -- MIT and the Other Cambridge / Roger E. Backhouse -- Making Things Technical: Samuelson at MIT / Harro Maas -- Decisions and Dynamics: Postwar Theoretical Problems and the MIT Style of Economics / William Thomas -- Part 4. Inside MIT -- The Desegregation of an Elite Economics Department's PhD Program: Black Americans at MIT / William Darity Jr. and Arden Kreeger -- The Rise and Fall of Economic History at MIT / Peter Temin -- On Kindleberger and Hegemony: From Berlin to MIT and Back / Stephen Meardon.
Summary "MIT and the Transformation of American Economics seeks to remedy the historians' neglect of the influential and luminary economics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The department, bolstered by an influx of innovative young scholars, was one of the most distinguished research economics departments in North America by the late 1950s. In another decade it would become the most highly regarded economics department in the world. This volume documents the history of this process and the ways in which MIT's rise to prominence coincided with the remarkable transformation of American economics in the postwar period. Many developments influenced this history: the Keynesian revolution, the emergent technical nature of economics, the Cold War, the international hold of American economics, the GI Bill, and MIT's openness to Jewish economists."--Publisher's web site.
Subject Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics -- History.
Economists -- United States -- History.
Economics -- United States -- History.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Added Author Weintraub, E. Roy, editor.
ISBN 0822368129