Jacob Viner: Lectures in Economics 301

Jacob Viner: Lectures in Economics 301

by Douglas A. Irwin
     
 

This book presents, for the first time, a detailed transcription of Jacob Viner’s Economics 301 class as taught in 1930. These lecture notes provide insight into the legacy of Jacob Viner, whose seminal contributions to fields such as international economics and the history of economics are well known, but whose impact in sparking the revival of Marshallian…  See more details below

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This book presents, for the first time, a detailed transcription of Jacob Viner’s Economics 301 class as taught in 1930. These lecture notes provide insight into the legacy of Jacob Viner, whose seminal contributions to fields such as international economics and the history of economics are well known, but whose impact in sparking the revival of Marshallian microeconomics in the United States via his classroom teaching has been less appreciated. Generations of graduate students at the University of Chicago have taken Economics 301. The course has been taught by such luminaries as Milton Friedman and Gary Becker, and remains an introduction to the analytical tools of microeconomics and the distinctive Chicago way of thinking about the market system. This demanding and rigorous course first became famous in the 1930s when it was taught by Jacob Viner. When read in tandem with the Transaction editions of Milton Friedman’s Price Theory, Frank Knight’s The Economic Organization, and Gary Becker’s Economic Theory, Viner’s lectures provide the reader with important insights into the formative period of Chicago price theory. These recently discovered notes from Viner’s class will be important for historians of economic thought and anyone interested in the origins of the Chicago School of Economics.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A valuable contribution to the understanding of how some of the main features of Chicago Economics took shape. They offer a remarkable and high-quality testimony on how microeconomics was taught in the early 1930s by one of the most distinguished (and eclectic) neoclassical economists of the interwar period.”

—Luca Fiorito and Sebastiano Nerozzi, Journal of Economic Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412851251
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
06/30/2013
Series:
Economics Classics , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
166
File size:
832 KB

Meet the Author

Douglas A. Irwin is the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.
Steven G. Medema is professor of economics at the University of Colorado, Denver. He is editor of Transaction’s Classics in Economics series.

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