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The Rise and Fall of Economic History at MIT


Peter Temin


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

December 9, 2013

MIT Department of Economics Working Paper No. 13-11

Abstract:     
This paper recalls the unity of economics and history at MIT before the Second World War, and their divergence thereafter. Economic history at MIT reached its peak in the 1970s with three teachers of the subject to graduates and undergraduates alike. It declined until economic history vanished both from the faculty and the graduate program around 2010. The cost of this decline to current education and scholarship is suggested at the end of the narrative.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: economic history, MIT economics, Kindleberger, Domar, Costa, Acemoglu

JEL Classification: B250, N12

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Date posted: June 6, 2013 ; Last revised: December 12, 2013

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Temin, Peter, The Rise and Fall of Economic History at MIT (December 9, 2013). MIT Department of Economics Working Paper No. 13-11. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2274908 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2274908

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