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The History of Economic Thought Website contains a wealth of information on the many schools of thought in the history of economics and the issues they grappled with.
posted by moorooka (13 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
erm, since when is the New School (no offense) an authority on economic history? Just sayin.

the first two links are the same, btw
posted by Lutoslawski at 8:40 PM on November 18, 2009


erm, since when is the New School (no offense) an authority on economic history?

I dunno, spot-checking the areas of economics that I know a thing or two about it seemed pretty accurate. Did something strike you as incorrect or missing?
posted by jedicus at 8:56 PM on November 18, 2009


It's also a museum of 1990's web design. Twice the history in half the bandwidth!
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:56 PM on November 18, 2009


Speaking of economics, Obama is worried about a "double-dip" recession, Société Générale is worried about global collapse, and Republicans are worried that limiting the risks of "too big to fail" smacks of socialism. Ah, may you live in interesting times.
posted by HP LaserJet P10006 at 9:13 PM on November 18, 2009


"This puts the 'D' in draconian," said Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas).

... who, on his part, puts the 'R' in stupid.
posted by idiopath at 9:16 PM on November 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's a great resource. But I wish that they coded the equations so that they displayed in Safari. The Arrow-Debreu section is a mess to read. But other than that, it's a great resource on history of thought.

Most schools do not have anyone to teach history of thought, let alone actually have a field in it. So New School's notes are a very nice for those of us interested in history of economic thought but not actual expertise in it.
posted by scunning at 9:17 PM on November 18, 2009


I dunno, spot-checking the areas of economics that I know a thing or two about it seemed pretty accurate. Did something strike you as incorrect or missing?

not incorrect, just a bit un-nuanced. but it was a knee jerk response, and it was stupid.
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:21 PM on November 18, 2009


my comment, i mean
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:28 PM on November 18, 2009


I went to grad school in economics with Gonçalo Fonseca, the guy who developed most/all of the content for the HET website - at Johns Hopkins, not New School. Hopkins isn't exactly a hotbed for studying the history of economic thought, either, but this fellow was pretty smart, he was a student of one professor there who took a deep interest in the history of thought (particularly general equilibrium, utility, and welfare theory), and much of the work on the site is fairly solid and reliable. But he had the bulk of the content in place by about 2001 - which explains both the anachronistic web design and the way equations are treated.
posted by dilettanti at 7:39 AM on November 19, 2009


What about Solidarity Economics?
posted by lunit at 8:55 AM on November 19, 2009


I should amend: Gonçalo had some connection to New School both before and after his time at Hopkins, in particular with Duncan Foley, from what I remember. Gonçalo may well have started the HET project before coming to Hopkins in 1995 or 1996, but I do distinctly recall him adding to the site while at Hopkins.
posted by dilettanti at 8:57 AM on November 19, 2009


Most of the links I clicked took me nowhere!
posted by mareli at 10:31 AM on November 19, 2009


The History of Economic Thought Website contains a wealth of information

I see what you did there, and I approve.
posted by googly at 10:56 AM on November 19, 2009


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