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Routledge Library Editions: Landmarks in the History of Economic Thought


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Studies in the Theory of Money and Capital

Studies in the Theory of Money and Capital

1st Edition

Erik Lindahl
October 23, 2018

It is well-known that the Swedish experiment in practical economic control was inspired by a simultaneous development of economic thought in Sweden. Despite Swedish economics being known globally, until this book was originally published in 1939 there was little except second-hand descriptions of...

Six Lectures on Economic Growth

Six Lectures on Economic Growth

1st Edition

Simon Kuznets
October 23, 2018

Originally published in 1959, this book contains in straightforward language a general account of the major variables significant for the analysis of economic development. It stresses above all the quantitative aspects of the economic growth of nations, and establishes a series of propositions on...

The Natural System of Political Economy

The Natural System of Political Economy

1st Edition

Friedrich List, W. O. Henderson
October 23, 2018

The importance of this book, translated for the first time in 1983, lies not so much in List’s advocacy of the fiscal policy of protection as in the relatively new doctrines that he put forward. He discussed stages of economic growth, ‘productive powers’ and the industrialisation of developing...

History of Monetary and Credit Theory: From John Law to the Present Day

History of Monetary and Credit Theory: From John Law to the Present Day

1st Edition

Charles Rist
October 23, 2018

Originally published in 1940, this book traces the development of theories concerning currency and credit from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. It provides a comprehensive account of the political and economic conditions in which the theories and controversies...

Industrial Fluctuations

Industrial Fluctuations

1st Edition

A. C. Pigou
October 23, 2018

Rejecting the idea of an equilibrium business cycle, this book, originally published in 1927, studies those industrial fluctuations which extend over short spans of years: cyclical fluctuations. The causes of these cycles are discussed and the consequences which result and way in which to mitigate...

Economics: An Awkward Corner

Economics: An Awkward Corner

1st Edition

Joan Robinson
October 23, 2018

Originally published in 1966, this book has enduring validity. In analysing the economic situation of the late 1960s Joan Robinson discusses the contradictions which arise from the need to readjust the organisation of society to the fantastic capacity for producing material wealth that capital...

Freedom and Necessity: An Introduction to the Study of Society

Freedom and Necessity: An Introduction to the Study of Society

1st Edition

Joan Robinson
October 23, 2018

Originally published in 1970, this book examines the origins of social organizations, the development of Robinson Crusoe economies and the conception of property or rightful ownership, as well as the origins of agriculture, race and class. Discussing commerce and the nation state, capitalist...

Money and the Balance of Payments

Money and the Balance of Payments

1st Edition

Tibor Scitovsky
October 23, 2018

This general introduction to the theory of money and of balance of payments adjustment was originally published in 1969. It was the first book to pay full attention to the theory of assets: the relation of the supply of assets to the demand for holding them and the significance of asset movements...

Value, Capital and Rent

Value, Capital and Rent

1st Edition

Knut Wicksell
October 23, 2018

Knut Wicksell is acknowledged to be the precursor and prophet of modern macroeconomic theory and he provided some of its chief elements a generation before their power and significance were properly recognized. This book, originally published in German in 1893 and in English in 1954 brought time...

A Review of Economic Theory

A Review of Economic Theory

1st Edition

Edwin Cannan
October 23, 2018

Though Cannan, in his early years as an economist, was a critic of classical economics and an ally of interventionists, he moved sharply to the side of classical liberalism in the early 20th century. In this book, originally published in 1929 Edwin Cannan discussed in comparative terms the general...

Selected Papers on Economic Theory

Selected Papers on Economic Theory

1st Edition

Knut Wicksell
October 23, 2018

This volume, originally published in 1958, contains a selection of the most important and interesting articles by Knut Wicksell, which had hitherto only been published in Swedish. They cover Wicksell’s views on Economics and monetary theory, his theory of production and distribution, some review...

Studies in the Theory of Business Cycles: 1933-1939

Studies in the Theory of Business Cycles: 1933-1939

1st Edition

Michal Kalecki
October 23, 2018

This volume, originally published in 1966, contains essays from the 1930s and is valuable not only in the context of the history of thought. It provides an excellent introduction to the general theory of employment, interest and money and reflect the most essential features of Kalecki’s theory of...

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