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The Yeager Mystique: The Polymath as Teacher, Scholar and Colleague


  • William Breit

    (Trinity University)

  • Kenneth G. Elzinga

    (University of Virginia)

  • Thomas D. Willett

    (Claremont Graduate School
    Claremont McKenna College)


For the historian of contemporary economic thought, the career of Leland B. Yeager has an undeniable fascination. His particular combination of pedagogic charisma, wide-ranging preoccupations and straight-forward scholarly style attracted to him many generations of students during the heyday of the political economy revolution taking place in Charlottesville in the 1960's and 70's, leading to a "Yeager Mystique." Student reminiscences and lecture notes, as well as Yeager's articles and books, provided source material to enable an assessment of Yeager, the polymath, placing him within the unique Virginia School tradition of political economy.

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  • William Breit & Kenneth G. Elzinga & Thomas D. Willett, 1996. "The Yeager Mystique: The Polymath as Teacher, Scholar and Colleague," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 22(2), pages 215-229, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:22:y:1996:i:2:p:215-229

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    Economic Thought;

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    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals


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