Passion and Craft: Economists at Work

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Most celebrities have to wait until the end of their careers to publish their autobiographies. Here, twenty economists in mid-career (nineteen scholars and an economics journalist) bring together personal accounts of their work and lives. The contributors were asked to elaborate on their methods of working and their private thoughts. The result is a rich set of biographies, addressing issues such as the effects of politics on work and vice versa, family life, creativity in and inspired by the workplace, the ...
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Overview


Most celebrities have to wait until the end of their careers to publish their autobiographies. Here, twenty economists in mid-career (nineteen scholars and an economics journalist) bring together personal accounts of their work and lives. The contributors were asked to elaborate on their methods of working and their private thoughts. The result is a rich set of biographies, addressing issues such as the effects of politics on work and vice versa, family life, creativity in and inspired by the workplace, the study of law and economics, and the conducting of research, and the role of women in this male-dominated field.

The contributing economists represent a wide range of endeavors in economics such as research, education, law, and journalism, and include Francine D. Blau, David Colander, William Darity, Jr., Avinash Dixit, Benjamin M. Friedman, Claudia Goldin, David M. Gordon, Elhanan Helpman, Paul Krugman, William M. Landes, N. Gregory Mankiw, Deirdre N. McCloskey, Rachel McCulloch, Philip Mirowski, Roger B. Myerson, Susan Rose-Ackerman, Richard Schmalensee, Hal R. Varian, David Warsh, and Gavin Wright. Michael Szenberg provides an introduction.

Passion and Craft provides a fascinating glimpse into the minds and lives of some of the most interesting economists of our time. It will be inspiring reading for economists as well as all other social scientists, students considering a career in economics, and anyone interested in how great minds work.

"Passion and Craft is a worthy sequel to Eminent Economists. It should be of greatest interest to young scholars who want to know what it is like to 'do economics' and to senior economists who will learn how things have changed (or have they?)." --Victor R. Fuchs, Stanford University

Michael Szenberg is Director, Center for Applied Research, and Professor of Economics, Lubin School of Business, Pace University. He also serves as editor of The American Economist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472096855
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Pages: 336

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
On Becoming and Being an Economist 20
Confessions of an Economic Gadfly 39
Why I Work 57
My System of Work (Not!) 69
Principles of Economics 82
The Economist as Detective 98
Politics and Precision: Pursuing Economics outside the Mainstream 113
Doing Research 133
How I Work 143
The Art of Law and Economics: An Autobiographical Essay 155
My Rules of Thumb 176
Duty and Creativity in Economic Scholarship 187
Assembling the Puzzle Pieces 199
Confessions of an Aging Enfant Terrible 213
Working on Game Theory: A Personal Perspective 227
Work, Family, and Odd Topics: On Being a Female Economist 234
Ways I Have Worked 243
How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time 256
Knowing vs. Proving: Working as an Economic Journalist 272
How and Why I Work on Economic History 283
Contributors 305
Index 307
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