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Revisiting Samuelson's Foundations of Economic Analysis


Roger Backhouse


University of Birmingham - Department of Economics

October 31, 2014

Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2015

Abstract:     
This paper re-examines the origins of Paul A. Samuelson's Foundations of Economic Analysis (1947), a book that helped define the way economic theory was undertaken for many years after its publication. Material taken from Samuelson's own papers and other archives is used to elaborate and correct his own account, written fifty years later. It discusses the role of his Harvard teachers, including Edwin Bidwell Wilson, the changes introduced between his 1941 PhD thesis and the book's publication, and the reception and significance of the book.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 51

Keywords: Samuelson, Foundations, mathematical economics

JEL Classification: B31, C02, D00


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Date posted: November 6, 2014 ; Last revised: July 4, 2015

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Backhouse, Roger, Revisiting Samuelson's Foundations of Economic Analysis (October 31, 2014). Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2510383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2510383

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Roger Backhouse (Contact Author)
University of Birmingham - Department of Economics ( email )
Economics Department
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom
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