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MIT Graduate Networks: the early years

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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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  • Pedro Garcia Duarte, 2013. "MIT Graduate Networks: the early years," Working Papers, Department of Economics 2013_08, University of São Paulo (FEA-USP).
  • Handle: RePEc:spa:wpaper:2013wpecon8
    Note: Revised version accepted for publication in the annual supplement of the "History of Political Economy", 2014.
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    1. William J. Barber, 1996. "Postwar Changes in American Graduate Education in Economics," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 28(5), pages 12-30, Supplemen.
    2. 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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    MIT Economics Department; MIT PhD Program; Paul Samuelson; Robert Solow;

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    • B20 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - General
    • B29 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Other
    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate

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