The Rise and Fall of Economic History at MIT
23 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2013 Last revised: 12 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 9, 2013
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.
Keywords: economic history, MIT economics, Kindleberger, Domar, Costa, Acemoglu
JEL Classification: B250, N12
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