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History of Political Economy (1984) 16 (2): 233–253.
Published: 01 June 1984
... and theory of economic organization: the role of the firm reconsidered Paul J. McNulty I The defining characteristic of the market economy is its organization of production and distribution through the pricing system. In the network of (more or less...
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History of Political Economy (2015) 47 (suppl_1): 174–198.
Published: 01 December 2015
... and greater demand for responsive government, voluntary exchange theory emerged in the 1880s as a competitor to models that represented government as a monolithic decision maker. That voluntary exchange has faded out of the public finance literature belies the role it served launching the public goods debate...
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History of Political Economy (2016) 48 (3): 489–514.
Published: 01 September 2016
... tradition of alternative views of economic theory that were based on the key role of money, banking, and credit. We particularly stress the very consistency of his monetary thought, mostly focusing on the links between money and credit, as Schumpeter claimed the need for a “credit theory of money.” We base...
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History of Political Economy (2015) 47 (suppl_1): 49–76.
Published: 01 December 2015
... than it was a technocratic theory and practice of how best to obtain them—a progressive method of economic governance. Though American economics cast its vocational lot with the regulatory state, left and right progressive economists offered different visions of the state's role in economic life...
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History of Political Economy (2016) 48 (1): 151–180.
Published: 01 March 2016
... focus on equilibrium end states, obscures this vital role. It is for this reason that Hayek asks in “Economics and Knowledge” (and later, and more explicitly, in “The Meaning of Competition”) that we “restore to its rightful place” a theory of market process. “Restore” is the right word...
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History of Political Economy (2010) 42 (1): 21–73.
Published: 01 March 2010
... on the theory and methods of econometrics given by Frisch at the Poincaré Institute at the University of Paris in 1933, as well as extensive lecture notes from Yale University in 1930. These largely unknown documents elaborate on Frisch's scientific views, how he aimed at modeling economics on physics...
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History of Political Economy (2015) 47 (suppl_1): 147–173.
Published: 01 December 2015
... stringently as to leave no economic role for government” (Samuelson 1955a, 350). His model, like the Walrasian model, is a polar case. But his is a polar case on the side of public expenditure. Referring to the 1954 piece, he writes, “After providing the theory with its needed logically-complete...
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History of Political Economy (2015) 47 (4): 547–575.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Marina Bianchi; Eleonora Sanfilippo This article analyzes an early and relatively little known debate on the role of social interdependencies in consumption and their implications for economic theory. The debate began in the pages of the Economic Journal when, in 1892, Alfred Marshall's student...
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History of Political Economy (2018) 50 (S1): 41–58.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Stephen Meardon Since its founding, especially before the late nineteenth-century closing of its frontier, the United States has been a laboratory for the creation and application of theories of economic development. A salient tradition in American economic thought has held, first, that Americans...
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History of Political Economy (2012) 44 (1): 113–155.
Published: 01 March 2012
... States. An experiment by the psychologist Louis Leon Thurstone was then the starting point for some clarifications about the role of experimental economics for the new theory of the consumer. The aim of this article is to throw light on the ins and outs of this issue of the ordinalist revolution...
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History of Political Economy (2010) 42 (3): 495–519.
Published: 01 September 2010
... the theory's coherence; the relevant issue is that such a price theory would contain its own principle of intelligibility. Second, we will point out the role of this theory in preventing economic compulsion. This approach could help us to draw upon the moral and economic responsibility of human beings living...
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History of Political Economy (2017) 49 (4): 537–574.
Published: 01 December 2017
... as akin to investment in a form of capital had never become the basis of a substantial body of economic theory, nor was it central to economists’ thinking about the role of labor in production and distribution. Holden and Biddle / Human Capital Theory and Education Policy 539 capital idea...
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History of Political Economy (2020) 52 (S1): 85–111.
Published: 01 December 2020
... Terman. We show that engineers drew upon economic theories of decision and allocation to improve practical industrial management decisions. Reciprocally, economists found in engineering the tools that they needed to rethink production and growth theory (including linear programming, optimal control...
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History of Political Economy (2019) 51 (4): 703–729.
Published: 01 August 2019
... Europe and Latin America, where it was read as a foundational text of political economy similar to Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations . The aim of this article is to contribute to the analysis of the mutual implication between the economic and the political order of society by revisiting Genovesi’s theory...
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History of Political Economy (2016) 48 (4): 657–679.
Published: 01 December 2016
... principles and concepts, his familiarity with market economics, and his views on the role of theory in ethnographic economics. Correspondence may be addressed to Scott Cook, University of Connecticut, at hscook@grandecom.net ; and to Michael W. Young, Australian National University, at michael.young...
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History of Political Economy (2018) 50 (S1): 231–248.
Published: 01 December 2018
... analysis, respectively. Tinbergen, Chenery, and Adelman shared a common inductive methodology, which might rightly be called “measurement without theory,” in the sense that there was no economic theory that could help them in organizing the available messy and often unreliable data. Chenery saw a role...
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History of Political Economy (2011) 43 (4): 649–681.
Published: 01 November 2011
... an alternative: “The new microtheory will, and should, deal with economic foundations of organization and institution, and this will require us to have an economics of information and a more sophisticated treatment of the technology of transacting.” That is, we should have a theory of the role...
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History of Political Economy (2012) 44 (3): 505–540.
Published: 01 September 2012
... Perlman, desired to understand the social constitution of these movements. Perlman played a pivotal role by developing a theory of the labor movement. This theory, while having had a significant impact on the development of labor history, had relatively less impact on the development of labor economics...
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History of Political Economy (2016) 48 (4): 705–731.
Published: 01 December 2016
..., first, to question the role of translations in the diffusion of economic ideas and, second, to better understand the relationship between a key component of the Saint-Simonians' economic theory—their ideas about the banking system—and Bentham's criticism of the usury laws that prevailed at the time. We...
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History of Political Economy (2016) 48 (suppl_1): 170–197.
Published: 01 December 2016
... in recent discussions on the history of economics and psychology. This essay explores that history by highlighting the role of “control” as understood by behaviorists and contrasting their views against those of economists. This exploration reveals that, rather than affecting consumer demand theory...