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Origins of the Graduate Economics Canon in the United States


This research project explores and documents the development of graduate economics training in the leading centers of doctoral education in the United States.

The leading centers of doctoral education in the United States, namely Columbia, Chicago, and Harvard, served as the intellectual foundation for the remarkable technical advances in economic analysis that characterized the middle third of the twentieth century. This project seeks to contribute to a renaissance of appreciation of the history of economic thought in graduate economic education and ultimately answers the questions of what the Samuelson-Solow-Arrow-Friedman-Stigler generation learned and how and when they learned it.

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