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Methodology, Money and the Firm
The Collected Essays of D.P. O'Brien. Economists of the Twentieth Century Series
Methodology, Money and the Firm brings together Denis O'Brien's most important essays on issues ranging from methodology to competition policy but is primarily focused on the history of economic thought, an area in which he has made a notable contribution.
This two volume set begins with Professor O'Brien's work on methodology and includes essays which take their approaches from the history and philosophy of science as applied to economics, and from the role of theory and data in economics. Industrial problems are addressed in the next section, focusing particularly on competition policy but also covering the question of patents and the neglected contributions of Alfred Marshall in the field of industrial economics. Marshall's achievements are also a theme of the third section which deals with the treatment of the firm by economists. Later sections include discussions of money and trade, the history of English economics from Petty to the end of the classical era, and English and Austrian economics after 1870 with essays on Marshall, Robbins and Hayek. The book also includes a specially written introduction in which Professor O'Brien explains the influences behind his work.
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`This compendium of economic scholarship should be brought to the attention of all economics students - and of all practising economists. It demonstrates wide reading (which is meticulously referenced), thoughtful appraisal and clear argument, and so by both method and content offers a corrective to the deficiencies of our much modern economics. . . . I am confident that economists will benefit from studying any of O'Brien's exemplars of good practice.' -- Brian J. Loasby, The Manchester School `These are outstanding articles that merit reading and re-reading. If reprinting O'Brien's papers serves to bring them before a wider audience, then this collection will have been amply justified.' -- Roger E. Backhouse, Economic Journal `Denis O'Brien is always interesting and sometimes exhilarating to read whether on the history of economic thought, on methodology, or on industrial organization. If I had my way, I would make reading him compulsory.' -- The late Mark Blaug, formerly of the University of London and University of Buckingham, UK `There is much wisdom in these pages which can be savoured again and again. . . . This collection is a must for all libraries. . .' -- Peter Groenewegen, History of Economics Review