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MIT Graduate Networks: the early years

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  • Pedro Garcia Duarte

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After World War II economists acquired increasing importance in the American society in general. Moreover, the production of economics PhDs in the United States increased substantially and became a less concentrated industry. This period witnessed also the reformulation of the graduate education in economics in the US, informed by the several changes that were occurring in economics: its mathematization, the neoclassicism, the advancement of econometrics, the “Keynesian revolution”, and the ultimate Americanization of economics. The centrality that the MIT graduate program acquired in the postwar period makes it an important case study of the transformation of American economics more generally. Therefore, my aim here is to scrutinize the formative years of the PhD program, mostly the 1940s and 1950s.

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Paper provided by University of São Paulo (FEA-USP) in its series Working Papers, Department of Economics with number 2013_08.

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Date of creation: 12 Jul 2013
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Note: Revised version accepted for publication in the annual supplement of the "History of Political Economy", 2014.
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Keywords: MIT Economics Department; MIT PhD Program; Paul Samuelson; Robert Solow;

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  1. Winton U. Solberg & Robert W. Tomilson, 1997. "Academic McCarthyism and Keynesian Economics: The Bowen Controversy at the University of Illinois," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 29(1), pages 55-81, Spring.
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