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Reflections of Eminent Economists
In this collection of autobiographical essays, 26 prominent scholars detail their profes sional development, while offering insight into their lives and philosophies. With candor and humor they relate how they came to the field of economics, as well as how their views have evolved over the years. Highlights of the collection include discussions by: Irma Adelman on how World War II shaped her life; Mark Blaug on how Marxism, involvement with the Communist Party, and McCarthyism influenced his scholarship; Victor Fuchs on economic perspective and its applicability to many disciplines; Allan Meltzer on his development as a researcher; and Julian Simon on his eclectic career and untraditional path to economics. Examining the essayists' reflections affords us the opportunity to explore the question of what makes distinctive and exciting scholarship while allowing us to probe the criteria for excellence. These thoughtful essays will be of great value to students of economics and to all those interested in personal recollections of wise and accomplished scholars.
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'This book should be called to the attention of every graduate student in economics if for no other reason than the guidance the authors provide on career choice, the socialization of economists, identifying topics worthy of study, and most important, on alternative views on what and how to teach economics.' -- William Becker, Journal of Economic Literature 'We are indebted to Michael Szenberg's persuasive powers in eliciting the self-analyses of economists ... For these insights, the budding economist as well as the historian of thought should be grateful.' -- From the foreword by Kenneth J. Arrow