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Eminent Economists
Their Life Philosophies

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Mauric Allais, Kenneth J. Arrow, William J. Baumol, Abram Bergson, Kenneth E. Boulding, Karl Brunner, James M. Buchanan, Gerard Debreu, Evsey D. Domar, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Frank Hahn, Charles P. Kindleberger, L. R. Klein, Richard A. Musgrave, Austin Robinson, W. W. Rostow, Paul A. Samuelson, Tibor Scitovsky, Herbert A. Simon, Robert M. Solow, Jan Tinbergen, Shigeto Tsuru
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  • Date Published: November 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521382120

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  • An intimate view of the dominant economists of this century, scholars whose work changed the direction of the discipline, is presented in this volume. The contributors who come from quite divergent points of the ideological compass present their life philosophies and reflect on their conceptions of human nature, society, justice and the source of the creative impulse. The self-portraits reveal details of the economists' personal and professional lives that capture the significance of the total person. Moreover, they illuminate the product of their labor, and as such, they change one's notions of what an economist can do or be. An introduction by Michael Szenberg, editor-in-chief of The American Economist, makes career and philosophic pattern comparisons.

    • Famous economists reveal why they do what they do
    • Includes the thoughts and words of eight Nobel Prize winners
    • ' … impressive intellectual depth and breadth of knowledge.' Library Journal
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book provides a rare opportunity to sit down with an Arrow, a Samuelson, or a Tinbergen and learn that there is more to economics (and economists) than the world of theorems and econometric models. Michael Szenberg is to be congratulated for making us privy to the life philosophies of twenty-two of the world's most eminent economists. This is recommended reading for economists of all ages; it should be required reading for those at early stages of their careers." Victor R. Fuchs, Stanford University

    "Gems from this treasure chest include brief surveys of authors' major contributions; pleas for work which authors consider unjustly neglected by the profession; brief essays on methodology and on personal objectives; and autobiographical sketches including accounts of military service in World War I, high school in occupied France during World War II, and escape from Communist Romania. Eminent Economists: Their Life Philosophies should fascinate anyone interested in economics, autobiography or the creative process." Harry M. Markowitz, Baruch College, City University of New York

    "Eminent Economists: Their Life Philosophies, edited by Michael Szenberg, contains revealing autobiographical essays by 22 excellent economists of the older generation, including representatives of the right like Karl Brunner and James Buchanan." David Warsh, The Boston Globe

    "Michael Szenberg, is editor in chief of The American Economist, has edited a collection of essays that should stand as a permanent addition to economic literature. A very useful, thoughtful and sincere Introduction by the editor compares some of the thoughts and attitudes expressed concerning vision and technique. We have always stood on the shoulders of our intellectual forebears. Now we can do it more knowingly, confidently, and even, affectionately." The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

    "This collection of essays by 22 prominent economists is distinctive....The economists exhibit impressive intellectual depth and breadth of knowledge." Library Journal

    "Imagine sitting down on a one-to-one basis with each of twenty-two of the world's most eminent economists--including nine Nobel laureates--and listening as each one tells you his life philosophy. This collection of essays, masterfully edited by Michael Szenberg, along with an introduction, provides the closest alternative. What a colorful array of economists!...This book should serve as a source of study for economists who can pick up many ideas on research and methodology from today's economic masters. It should be required reading for all starting (and also many established) academicians who would obtain tips on teaching and other academic behavior. But because it is a compendium of essays by 'masters,' it contains a wealth of information that extends beyond economics....this book is also enjoyable reading....Professor Szenberg should be congratulated for this volume; it is priceless." Samuel Schwarz, Eastern Economic Journal

    "...a treasure trove of 22 immensely enjoyable autobiographical essays....virtually all write in a lively, lucid, and reflective style free of technical jargoneering. Some of the essays are primarily fascinating life histories; and some are outright amusing. Few are pontifical. Almost every essay offers memorable anecdotes. In its own way, almost every essay is wise, absorbing, and entertaining." James W. Brock, Journal of Economic Issues

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521382120
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    The passion for research Mauric Allais
    'I Know a Hawk from a Handsaw' Kenneth J. Arrow
    On my attitudes: sociopolitical and methodological William J. Baumol
    Recollections and reflections of a comparativist Abram Bergson
    From chemistry to economics and beyond Kenneth E. Boulding
    My quest for economic knowledge Karl Brunner
    From the inside looking out James M. Buchanan
    Random walk and life philosophy Gerard Debreu
    How I tried to become an economist Evsey D. Domar
    Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen about himself Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
    Autobiographical notes with reflections Frank Hahn
    My working philosophy Charles P. Kindleberger
    My professional life philosophy L. R. Klein
    Social science, ethics, and the role of the public sector Richard A. Musgrave
    My apprenticeship as an economist Austin Robinson
    Reflections on political economy: past, present, and future W. W. Rostow
    My life philosophy: policy credos and working ways Paul A. Samuelson
    My search for welfare Tibor Scitovsky
    Living in interdisciplinary space Herbert A. Simon
    Notes on copying Robert M. Solow
    Solving the most urgent problems first Jan Tinbergen
    Scientific humanism as an ideal Shigeto Tsuru

  • Editor

    Michael Szenberg, Pace University, New York


    Mauric Allais, Kenneth J. Arrow, William J. Baumol, Abram Bergson, Kenneth E. Boulding, Karl Brunner, James M. Buchanan, Gerard Debreu, Evsey D. Domar, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Frank Hahn, Charles P. Kindleberger, L. R. Klein, Richard A. Musgrave, Austin Robinson, W. W. Rostow, Paul A. Samuelson, Tibor Scitovsky, Herbert A. Simon, Robert M. Solow, Jan Tinbergen, Shigeto Tsuru

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