Working Papers

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.

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.

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