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How should we write the history of twentieth-century economics?

ER Weintraub

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 15, issue 4, pages 139-152
Published in print December 1999 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online December 1999 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/15.4.139
How should we write the history of twentieth-century economics?

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The modern economist looks at a textbook history of nineteenth-century economics and wonders what, for the twentieth century, will correspond to the chapter titles of 'Malthus', 'Ricardo', 'The Mills', 'Marx', and 'The Rise of Marginalism'. Will monetarism survive editing? Will game theory rate its own section? Will Keynes be a hero or a goat? Economists look to the historian and wonders how the historian decides what is important, and how we go about deciding what will go into a future history book. Eschewing narratives of progress, this paper surveys alternative historiographies for constructing a history of twentieth-century economics, and suggests that the new discipline of science and technology studies provides a number of useful frameworks for telling the story.

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