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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One can see that an academic memoir like Stigler's serves to reaffirm the virtues
of the academic discipline and institutions that made the author's career possible.
Despite the negative characterization of American politics implicit in Stigler's ...
However, even in a six-hundred-word dictionary entry, it is usually possible to go
beyond this, usually starting from obituaries in national newspapers. There are
few economists on whom nothing has been published; even where archives are
... in a letter to T. W. Schultz on 28 October 1953. Friedman repeated the
suggestion in March 1954, and in April, when Northwestern consulted him about
possible senior and junior visitors, he said that Johnson was the ideal candidate
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