Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics
This collection of essays, a supplement to History of Political Economy, brings together prominent scholars from economics, sociology, literature, and history to examine the role of biography and autobiography in the history of economics. The first of its kind, this volume looks at the relevance of first-person accounts to narrative histories of economics. The essays consider both the potential and the limits of life writing, which has traditionally been used sparingly by historians of economics, and examine types of biographies, the relationship between autobiography and identity, and the writing of biography.
Contributors to this collection question whether biography is essential to understanding the history of economic ideas and consider how autobiographical materials should be read and interpreted by historians. Articles consider the treatment of autobiographical materials such as conversations and testimonies, the construction of heroes and villains, the relationship between scientific biography and literary biography, and concerns related to living subjects. Several essays address the role of biography and autobiography in the study of economists such as F. A. Hayek, Harry Johnson, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, Oskar Morgenstern, and François Quesnay, concluding with several accounts of the interconnection of the historians' projects with their own autobiographies.
All 2007 subscribers to History of Political Economy will receive a copy of "Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics" as part of their subscription.
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The interview process can be divided into three parts, of which the interview itself
— the second part— is easily the briefest. The first part is preparation. While it is a
truism to say that better preparation makes for a better interview, one should ...
The flip side of this, of course, was my interview with George Shultz, who
appeared for most of the interview to be ... project that I did not expect when it
started is the dual purpose that emerged as soon as I decided to videotape the
The result is a very limited transcription from the second half of the interview. The
tension between these two purposes is constantly present during interviews.
Some interviewees are always aware of the camera eye trained on them, and I ...
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