Gunnar Myrdal: An Intellectual Biography

Overview

Over the course of an extended career, Gunnar Myrdal - a Nobel Memorial Prize Laureate in Economics in 1974 - made brilliantly original contributions to monetary theory and policy and to the methodology of economics and social science. This study examines the manner in which his intellectual style left an impact on the shaping of Sweden's welfare state, on race relations in the United States, on post-World War Two economic cooperation in Europe, and on the analysis of Third ...

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Overview

Over the course of an extended career, Gunnar Myrdal - a Nobel Memorial Prize Laureate in Economics in 1974 - made brilliantly original contributions to monetary theory and policy and to the methodology of economics and social science. This study examines the manner in which his intellectual style left an impact on the shaping of Sweden's welfare state, on race relations in the United States, on post-World War Two economic cooperation in Europe, and on the analysis of Third World economic development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403999443
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Series: Great Thinkers in Economics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.71 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM J. BARBER is the Andrews Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at Wesleyan University. He has published widely on topics in the history of economic thought, on issues in development economics, and on the role of economists as policy advisers. He has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society. He served as a member of the research team, headed by Gunnar Myrdal, that produced the three-volume study Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Prologue
• Beginnings and Early Intellectual Influences
• Early Challenges to Orthodoxy: The Political Element in the Development of Economic Theory
• Theorizing about Macro-Economic Instability: Monetary Equilibrium
• Structuring Counter-cyclical Fiscal Policies in the 1930s
• The Population Question and Swedish Social Policy in the 1930s
• An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy
• Minister of Commerce and Economic Policy-making for Post-war Sweden, 1944-47
• International Civil Servant and Studies of the International Economy, 1947-57
• Asian Drama: Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations (1968)
• Economic Policy Advice-giving for the Rich and the Poor in the 1960s and 1970s
• Epilogue

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