Working Papers

John Stuart Mill and China: Peeking behind China’s Stationary State

Author: 
Yue Xiao
Publication Number: 
2019-21
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 18, 2019

Current literature on John Stuart Mill’s writings about Asia has mainly focused on his influence in India because of Mill’s 35-year career in the East India Company. Scholars in both China and the West have not paid attention to Mill’s views on China.

Samuelson on Populist Democracy, Fascist Capitalism, and the Vicissitudes of South American Economic Development (1948-1997)

Author: 
Mauro Boianovsky
Publication Number: 
2019-20
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Paul Samuelson was attracted to the economic dynamics of South American countries because of the links between economic performance and political factors.

Setting Up a Long-Term Research Project for Economics at the Cowles Commission: The Definition of Theory as a Mathematically and Abstractly Driven Form of Knowledge

Author: 
Camila Orozco Espinel
Publication Number: 
2019-19
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

This paper offers an analysis of the challenges the researchers associated with the Cowles Commission faced while establishing a mathematically and abstractly driven definition of "theory" for Economics. My objective is twofold.

Scientific Knowledge as Technical Knowledge: MIT’s Economics Department and the Translation of Fundamental Research into Applications

Author: 
Camila Orozco Espinel
Publication Number: 
2019-18
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides a field well befitting to study the translation in the discipline of economics of “esoteric research” into “tools”. Certainty, MIT was not the only bridge in economics connecting the academic and the practical arenas.

An Account of "the Core" in Economic Theory

Author: 
Jonathan F. Cogliano
Publication Number: 
2019-17
Publication Date: 
Monday, September 16, 2019

The concept of ‘the core’ originates in cooperative game theory and its introduction to economics in the 1960s as a basis for proofs of existence of general equilibrium is one of the earliest attempts to use game theory to address big questions in economics.

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