Working Papers

The Struggle for the Soul of Economics

Author: 
Kevin D. Hoover
Publication Number: 
2021-04
Publication Date: 
Monday, April 26, 2021

Macroeconomics faced substantial internal and external criticism related to the 2007-09 financial crisis.  Much of it was based on the unsustainable idea that its goal could or should be unconditional forecasting of business cycles.  Critics specially singled out dynamic, stochastic general-equil

Economists and the Emergence of Development Discourse at OECD

Author: 
Michele Alacevich and Mattia Granata
Publication Number: 
2021-03
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

This paper discusses how economists contributed to OEEC-OECD policies between the 1950s and the 1960s, when OECD emerged as a truly global organization.

Raised within Government Walls: The Early Years of Program Evaluation in the US

Author: 
Arthur Brackmann Netto
Publication Number: 
2021-02
Publication Date: 
Monday, February 22, 2021

Not much equates Michael Harrington, Dwight MacDonald, Orley Ashenfelter and James Heckman.

How Economists Ignored the Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918–20

Author: 
Mauro Boianovsky and Guido Erreygers
Publication Number: 
2021-01
Publication Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021

The current COVID-19 pandemic has attracted significant attention from epidemiologists and economists alike. This differs from the 1918-19 Spanish Influenza pandemic, when academic economists hardly paid attention to its economic features, despite its very high mortality toll.

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