Working Papers

Paul Rosenstein-Rodan and the Birth of Development Economics

Author: 
Michele Alacevich
Publication Number: 
2020-04
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

This paper, based on previously untapped archival sources, offers an assessment of the life and thought of Paul Rosenstein-Rodan, a pioneer of development economics and one of the first articulators of both the “Big Push” and “balanced growth” theories.

Voluminous, Repetitive, and Intractable: Samuelson on Early Development Economics

Author: 
Mauro Boianovsky
Publication Number: 
2020-03
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

In the late 1970s Paul Samuelson drafted the outline of a paper, never published, with a critical assessment of the theoretical innovations of postwar development economics. He found the subject essentially intractable.

Mont Pèlerin 1947

Author: 
Bruce Caldwell
Publication Number: 
2020-02
Publication Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2020

This paper is the first draft of the first substantive chapter of volume 2 of my biography with Hansjoerg Klausinger of F. A. Hayek. It looks at the first meeting of the Mont Pèlerin Society.

Karl Menger’s Unfinished Biography of His Father: New Insights into Carl Menger’s Life through 1889

Author: 
Reinhard Schumacher and Scott Scheall
Publication Number: 
2020-01
Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 9, 2020

During the last years of his life, the mathematician Karl Menger worked on a biography of his father, the economist and founder of the Austrian School of Economics, Carl Menger. The younger Menger never finished the work. While working in the Menger collections at Duke University’s David M.

European Economics and the Early Years of the “International Seminar on Macroeconomics”

Author: 
Aurélien Goutsmedt, Matthieu Renault, and Francesco Sergi
Publication Number: 
2019-22
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 16, 2019

The International Seminar on Macroeconomics (ISoM) is an annual conference, which was co-sponsored, during 15 years (1978-1993) by the French EHESS and the NBER. This article uncovers the scientific and institutional dynamics unrolling from this cooperation.

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