Paul Samuelson's Legacy

Posted: 1 Sep 2012

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Avinash Dixit

Princeton University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: July 2012


Paul Samuelson is probably the most important economist of the second half of the twentieth century. His research publications; his introductory textbook; his articles on topical questions of economic policy; and his interactions with numerous students, colleagues, policy makers, and the wider public have all contributed to fundamental changes in economics as a science and as a profession. This article attempts to give a brief overview of his career spanning eight decades and to recapitulate and celebrate his legacy.

Suggested Citation

Dixit, Avinash K., Paul Samuelson's Legacy (July 2012). Annual Review of Economics, Vol. 4, pp. 1-31, 2012, Available at SSRN: or

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