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Lives of the Laureates, Fifth Edition: Twenty-three Nobel Economists

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  • William Breit
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    (Trinity University)

  • Barry T. Hirsch
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    (Georgia State University)

Abstract

Lives of the Laureates offers readers an informal history of modern economic thought as told through autobiographical essays by twenty-three Nobel Prize Laureates in Economics. The essays not only provide unique insights into major economic ideas of our time but also shed light on the processes of intellectual discovery and creativity. This fifth edition adds five recent Nobel laureates to its list of contributors: Vernon L. Smith (2002), Clive W. J. Granger (2003), Edward C. Prescott (2004), Thomas C. Schelling (2005) and Edmund S. Phelps (2006). Also included is the editors' revised afterword, "Lessons from the Laureates." Lives of the Laureates grows out of a continuing lecture series at Trinity University in San Antonio, which invites Nobelists from American universities to describe their evolution as economists in personal as well as technical terms. Each laureate achieves the goal of clarity without sacrificing inherently difficult content: Kenneth Arrow makes grasping the essentials of his "impossibility theorem" painless; Lawrence Klein clearly presents what goes into econometric "model building"; George Stigler masterfully describes his "information theory"; and so on. These lectures demonstrate the richness and diversity of contemporary economic thought. The reader will find that paths cross in unexpected ways—that disparate thinkers were often influenced by the same teachers—and that luck as well as hard work plays a role in the process of scientific discovery. Contributors include Kenneth J. Arrow, Gary S. Becker, James M. Buchanan, Ronald H. Coase, Milton Friedman, Clive W. J. Granger, John C. Harsanyi, James J. Heckman, Lawrence R. Klein, W. Arthur Lewis, Robert E. Lucas, Jr., Franco Modigliani, Douglass C. North, Edmund S. Phelps, Edward C. Prescott, Paul A. Samuelson, Thomas C. Schelling, Myron S. Scholes, William F. Sharpe, Vernon L. Smith, Robert M. Solow, George J. Stigler, and James Tobin.

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  • William Breit & Barry T. Hirsch (ed.), 2009. "Lives of the Laureates, Fifth Edition: Twenty-three Nobel Economists," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 5, volume 1, number 0262012766, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262012766
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    1. Richard S.J. Tol, 2018. "Rise of the Kniesians: The professor-student network of Nobel laureates in economics," Working Paper Series 0518, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.

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    Keywords

    modern economic thought; Nobel Prize; impossibility theorem; econometric model building; information theory;

    JEL classification:

    • A3 - General Economics and Teaching - - Multisubject Collective Works
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals

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