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Not Only an Economist reflects the wide range of Professor Blaug's interests and includes new and recent work on Adam Smith, Hayek and Keynes, studies in methodology, as well as new contributions to the economics of education. These are supplemented by essays arguing the economic case for subsidies to the arts. The book concludes with a selection from the one hundred book reviews that he has written over the years.
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A collection of the prolific economist's essays written since 1990, in sections on history of economic thought, methodology of economics, economics of education, cultural economics, and book reviews. Subjects include the work of Adam Smith, Hayek, and Keynes, the economic case for subsidies for the arts, the historiography of economics, and education and the employment contract. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858984551
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 402

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Not only an economist: autobiographical reflections of a historian of economic thought 3
2 Recent biographies of Keynes 26
3 Preface to a Japanese translation of Ricardian Economics: A Historical Study 44
4 'Not quite the patron saint of capitalists' 51
5 On the historiography of economics 55
6 Competition as an end-state and competition as a process 66
7 Hayek revisited 87
8 The concept of entrepreneurship in the history of economics 95
9 Why is the quantity theory of money the oldest surviving theory in economics? 114
10 Public enemy no. 1: unemployment not inflation 136
11 Why I am not a constructivist: confessions of an unrepentant Popperian 153
12 Afterword 181
13 Methodology of scientific research programmes 194
14 The positive-normative distinction 200
15 The economic value of higher education 207
16 The current state of the British economics profession 223
17 The University of Buckingham after ten years: a tentative evaluation 234
18 Can independent education be suppressed? 250
19 The 'pros' and 'cons' of education vouchers 258
20 Education and the employment contract 268
21 Does the Arts Council know what it is doing? 285
22 Is the Arts Council cost-effective? 307
23 Why are Covent Garden seat prices so high? 316
24 Review of The Collected Works of Walter Bagehot, ed. Norman St John-Stevas, vols IX, X and XI: The Economic Essays 341
25 Review of The Economics of David Ricardo, by Samuel Hollander 344
26 Review of Main Currents of Marxism: Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution, by L. Kolakowski 350
27 Review of The Kinked Demand Curve Analysis of Oligopoly, by Gavin C. Reid 354
28 Review of Theorists of Economic Growth from David Hume to the Present, by W. W. Rostow 357
29 Reviews of Robertson on Economic Policy, ed. S. R. Dennison and J. R. Presley, and Essays on Robertsonian Economics, ed. J. R. Presley 361
30 Review of The Foundations of Paul Samuelson's Revealed Preference Theory: A Study by the Method of Rational Reconstruction, by Stanley Wong 365
31 Review of The Rhetoric of Economics, by Donald N. McCloskey 367
32 Review of Inequality, by Christopher Jencks et al. 373
33 Review of Schooling in Capitalist America: Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life, by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis 379
34 Review of Economics of Education: Research and Studies, ed. George Psacharopoulos 383
35 Review of Bowles and Gintis Revisited: Correspondence and Contradiction in Education Theory, ed. Mike Cole 388
Index 391
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