Working Papers

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.

"I Had Always Operated on the Outside": A Conversation with E. Roy Weintraub on the History of Economics, Science Studies and Academic Morals

Author: 
Yann Giraud
Publication Number: 
2019-16
Publication Date: 
Monday, September 9, 2019

A transcription of a 2019 conversation with the Duke University historian E. Roy Weintraub on his intellectual development over the 1980s from mathematician to economist to historian.

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