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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 109–133.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Andrej Svorenčík The core question of the MIT economics department’s history—why has MIT economics risen to prominence so quickly?—requires an approach to the history of economics that focuses on the role of the networks within which economists operate and how their ideas diffuse and gain...
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History of Political Economy (1 September 2016) 48 (3): 423–447.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Roger E. Backhouse; Harro Maas This article traces the attempts of W. Rupert Maclaurin to improve the research profile of economics at MIT through establishing a research project on the economics of innovation, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The project is important because it marks a...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 1–12.
Published: 01 December 2014
... called the Economists’ Papers Project (EPP). Over time that archive has grown and become central to historical research on economics in the postwar period. The papers of Edwin Burmeister, Evsey Domar, Franklin Fisher, Duncan Foley, Lawrence Klein, Franco Modigliani, and Robert Solow, all MIT faculty or...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 15–44.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Beatrice Cherrier This article tells the development of economics at MIT between 1940 and 1972. The recruitment of Paul Samuelson in 1940 fostered the establishment of a small community of economists within an engineering institute that was itself undergoing major transformations. A “new economics...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 60–77.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Roger E. Backhouse The article reconstructs the events surrounding Paul Samuelson’s departure from Harvard to MIT in October 1940, a crucial event in the rise to prominence of MIT’s economics department. The contrasting attitudes of Harvard and MIT to Jewish economists were just one of many factors...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 81–108.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Pedro Garcia Duarte The immediate postwar period witnessed not only a considerable expansion of economics graduate education in the United States but also its reformulation. Graduate education at MIT became more technical, with shorter theses on narrowly defined problems. This occurred as economics...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 134–152.
Published: 01 December 2014
... that the “middle-of-the-road” position that Samuelson adopted in the book was consciously constructed by the MIT economist, with the help of his home institution and his publishing company McGraw-Hill, in response to conservative criticisms of the textbook and pressures from members of the Corporation...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 153–174.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Pedro Teixeira In recent years there has been a growing interest in history of science in the study of textbooks and their multiple roles for the contemporary history of science. In this text we look at MIT economics by exploring the role of textbooks in consolidation of the department’s position...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 177–197.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Perry Mehrling The Treasury-Fed Accord of 1951 and the subsequent rebuilding of private capital markets, first domestically and then globally, provided the shifting institutional background against which thinking about money and monetary policy evolved within the MIT economics department...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 198–228.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Mauro Boianovsky; Kevin D. Hoover From its flow tide, fueled by the Cold War, to its ebbing with the anti-growth movement and the economic crises of the early 1970s, the “growthmen” of MIT stood at the center of the dominant field in macroeconomics. The history of MIT growth economics is traced...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 252–271.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Roger E. Backhouse In the late 1950s and early 1960s MIT economists, led by Paul Samuelson and Robert Solow, became involved in a long controversy with economists in Cambridge, England, led by Joan Robinson, Luigi Pasinetti, and Nicholas Kaldor, over the theory of capital. This article looks at...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 272–294.
Published: 01 December 2014
... the Second World War, and the firm support of the MIT administration for Samuelson’s research serves to pinpoint the meaning of being technical for Samuelson, and the relation of the technical economic expert to the realm of politics. Correspondence may be addressed to Harro Maas, Utrecht School...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 295–314.
Published: 01 December 2014
...William Thomas This article examines certain issues in postwar economic theory and compares them with related issues in the nascent fields of cybernetics, industrial dynamics, and operations research. Because all these fields had close connections to MIT, the comparison provides an opportunity to...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 317–336.
Published: 01 December 2014
...William Darity, Jr.; Arden Kreeger We examine the history of the entry of black American graduate students into the PhD program in economics at MIT in the 1970s. The deployment of an active and aggressive affirmative action program led to the presence of a critical mass of black doctoral students...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 337–350.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Peter Temin This article recalls the unity of economics and history at MIT before the Second World War and their divergence thereafter. Economic history at MIT reached its peak in the 1970s, with three teachers of the subject to graduates and undergraduates alike. It declined until economic history...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 351–374.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., Harold James, Robert Keohane, Perry Mehrling, Jill Smith, Peter Temin, E. Roy Weintraub, an anonymous referee, and participants in the Bowdoin College faculty seminar series, the seminario CEDE at the Universidad de los Andes, the HES/AEA session “Writing MIT’s History” at the 2013 ASSA meetings, and...
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History of Political Economy (1 September 2017) 49 (3): 437–450.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Harvey Gram; G. C. Harcourt Roger Backhouse remarks in “MIT and the Other Cambridge” ( History of Political Economy 46, supplement) that the capital theory controversy came to be seen by most of the economics profession as a waste of time. Joan Robinson's 1953 paper “The Production Function and the...
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History of Political Economy (1 June 2019) 51 (3): 449–470.
Published: 01 June 2019
... role played by macroeconometric models has been little investigated. This article enlarges the perspective looking at the interactions between monetary economists outside and within the Federal Reserve System, through the building of the Fed-MIT-Penn large-scale econometric model, and the St. Louis...
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History of Political Economy (1 June 2019) 51 (3): 425–447.
Published: 01 June 2019
... Main , September 25 . www.ecb.europa.eu/press/key/date/2017/html/ecb.sp170925.en.html . De Leeuw Frank Gramlich Edward 1968 . “ The Federal Reserve–MIT Econometric Model ”. Federal Reserve Bulletin 54 ( 1 ): 11 – 40 . Fair Ray C. 1986 . “ Evaluating the Predictive...
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History of Political Economy (1 December 2014) 46 (suppl_1): 45–59.
Published: 01 December 2014
...E. Roy Weintraub MIT emerged from “nowhere” in the 1930s to its place as one of the three or four most important sites for economic research by the mid-1950s. A conference held at Duke University in April 2013 examined how this occurred. In this article the author argues that the immediate postwar...