A Short Note on the Place of Mainstream Economics in Samuelson's Family Tree of Economics

9 Pages Posted: 24 May 2016

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Roger Backhouse

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 2016

Abstract

This note reviews the changes Samuelson made to the family tree of economics between the 4th and 11th editions of his textbook Economics in relation to the book's changing coverage of the history of economic thought. Of particular interest are the development from "neoclassical synthesis" to "new economics" to "Post-Keynes Mainstream", and the change from implying that economics is dominated by one approach to the seeing it as a mainstream surrounded by alternative approaches.

Keywords: Samuelson, Neoclassical Synthesis, Mainstream Economics, Textbook

JEL Classification: B20, B31

Suggested Citation

Backhouse, Roger, A Short Note on the Place of Mainstream Economics in Samuelson's Family Tree of Economics (May 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2783085 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2783085

Roger Backhouse (Contact Author)

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics ( email )

Economics Department
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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