Brief History of Economics Artful Approaches to the Dismal Science

ISBN-10: 9814304808
ISBN-13: 9789814304801
Edition: 2nd 2010 (Revised)
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List price: $43.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Publication date: 11/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 530
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Blending past and present, this brief history of economics is the perfect book for introducing students to the field. A Brief History of Economics illustrates how the ideas of the great economists not only influenced societies but were themselves shaped by their cultural milieu. Understanding the economists' visions lucidly and vividly unveiled by Canterbery allows readers to place economics within a broader community of ideas. Magically, the author links Adam Smith to Isaac Newton's idea of an orderly universe, F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to Thorstein Veblen, John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath to the Great Depression, and Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities to Reaganomics. The second edition is right up-to-date with a lively discussion of the economic crises of 20072010. Often humorous, Canterbery's easy style will make the student's first foray into economics lively and relevant. Readers will dismiss "dismal" from the science.

Preface
Introduction
Feudalism and the Evolution of Economic Society
Thomas Aquinas and the World View
Up from Antiquity
A Brief History of the Development of Feudalism
The Rebirth of Markets
The Winds of Change Along the Road to Harmony
Mercantilism and Big Government
Adam Smith's Great Vision
Newton, Smith, and Natural Law
The Physiocrats
Adam Smith's Approach
Industry and the Wealth of Nations
Smith's Theory of Economic Development and Growth
Natural Law and Private Property
Smith's Theory of Value
Smith, Reality, and the Visions to Come
Bentham and Malthus: The Hedonist and the �Pastor�
A Sketch of the Classical Economists
Classical Moments and Industrial Revolution
The Evaporation of Smithian Harmony
The Philosophical Radicals, Especially Jeremy Bentham
Thomas Malthus and the Population Bomb: A Flash for the Unenlightened
The Distribution of Income: Ricardo versus Malthus
David Ricardo, the Stockbroker-Economist
The Social Scene; Liberty, Fraternity, and Unequal Economic Classes
Ricardo Takes on the Mercantalists
Ricardo's Contributions
The Classical Legacy
The Cold Water of Poverty and the Heat of John Stuart Mill's Passions
Workers in the Real Industrial World
Charles Dickens Takes on Poverty, Factory Conditions, and the Classical Economists
John Stuart Mill: Somewhere Between Capitalism and Socialism
Karl Marx
Marx and His Soulmate, Engels
The Influence of Hegel
The Sting of Economic Alienation
The Marxian Economics System
Flaws in Marx's Vision
Alfred Marshall: The Great Victorian
Pleasure and Pain at the Margin
The Marginalists' Bridge
Marginalism and the Theory of Distribution
Marshall and the Neoclassical Niceties of Victorian England
Marshall's Contributions
Up Against Walrasian Equilibrium
The Great Influence of Alfred Marshall
Thorstein Veblen Takes on the American Captains of Industry
Horatio Alger and the Benign Universe
The Second Industrial Revolution
British Industry: The Sun Also Sets
The Rise of the Robber Barons
The Social Darwinists
Darwinism Revised: Veblen and the Institutionalists
The Neoclassical Ascendency and Public Policy
A Notable Absence of Harmony
Veblen Passes into Legend
The Jazz Age: Aftermath of War and Prelude to Depression
The Edwardian Age and the Early Bloomsbury Years of John Maynard Keynes
Imperialism and the Russian Revolution of 1917
John Maynard Keynes at Versailles
The View From America
The Roaring Twenties
The First Mrs. Robinson, Mr. Chamberlin, and Nonprice Competition
John Maynard Keynes and the Great Depression
The Prelude to Disaster
The Speculative Bubble
The Great Crash
The Aftermath
The Depression of the 1930s
The Neoclassicals Address the Issues
Keynes's Academic Precursors
Keynes's Policy Suggestions
Primal Keynesianism and the Early New Deal
The Famous Keynesian Multiplier
Illusions and the National Income
Money and Uncertainty
Keynes, Harvard, and the Later New Deal Years
The Keynesian Revolution: Why?
Postscript and Prelude
Conclusions
The Many Modern Keynesians
World War II Transforms the Economy
The Fiscal Keynesians
The Neoclassical Keynesians
Saving Keynes's Theory
The Post Keynesians
The Income Distribution
The Price Markup and Inflation
Incomes Policy
Money and the Financing of Investment
Whither Economic Growth?
Conclusions
The Monetarists and the New Classicals Deepen the Counterrevolution
The Inflation-Unemployment Crisis of the 1970s
The Problems Inflation Raises
The Sources of Inflation
The Modern Quantity Theory of Money
The Friedmanian Phillips Curve
Friedmanian Prediction for Inflation
Monetarism and the Great Depression
The New Classicals
The Rational Expectations Game
The Natural Rate of Unemployment and Output
New Classical Economic Policy
Rational Expectations and the Real World
The New Classicals and Depressions
The Real Business Cycle
Conclusions
Economic Growth and Technology: Schumpeter and Capitalism's Motion
Post Keynesian Economic Growth Theory
The Neoclassical Growth Theory
The Problem With Historical Economic Growth
Joseph Alois Schumpeter
Schumpeter's Theory of Capitalist Motion
The Product Cycle: Schumpeter Extended
Innovations and the Product Cycle
Stagnation and Stagflation: The Long View
The Many Faces of Capitalism: Galbraith, Heilbroner, and the Institutionalises
The Institutionalist Vista
Robert Heilbroner and the Worldly Philosophy
Capitalism: Heilbroner's Vision
John Kenneth Galbraith: An Introduction
Galbraith's General Theory of Advanced Development
Conclusions
The Rise of the Casino Economy
The Federal Reserve's Experiment with Friedman's Monetarism, 1979-1982
Supply-side Economics
The Sequel
Casino Capitalism
The Growing Inequality During the 1980s
A Net Worth Perspective: Where the Money Went
Clintonomics: Continuity With the Federal Reserve
The Clinton Legacy: Ending the Progressive Agenda
Conclusions
The Global Economy
Globalization and the Growth of Multinational Corporations
The International Product S-Curve
Trade Deficits and Full-time Jobs in the USA
Downsizing American Labor
The Globalization of Debt and Financial Fragility
Downsizing the Middle Class at the Millennium
Conclusions
Climbing the Economist's Mountain to High Theory
The Evolution of Economics
High Theory and Its Version of General Equilibrium
Input-Output and Price Mark-ups: An Alternative View of Interdependent Industries
Choosing Between Equilibria Avenues: A Critical Path
The Housing and Credit Crises of 2008
A Review
The Black-Sholes Model and The Origin of Derivatives
The Legacy of President Bill Clinton and Alan Greenspan's Alliance
The Spring 2008 Economic and Financial Crisis
Innovations in Housing
The Subprime Mortgage Mess
Complications from Derivatives
Problems Go Global
The Economic Crisis of Summer 2008
The Crisis Deepens
The Great Recession of 2007-10
The Unconventional Use of Monetary Policy
The Fiscal Stimulus
The Crisis in the Automotive Industry and Obama's Response
The Housing and Banking Crises Continue
The Conduct of Monetary Policy Under Bernanke
A Cassandra Who Became a Prophet
The Future of Economics
The Quest for �Radical� Alternatives
The Keynesian Challenge
From the Old to the New Economy: It's a Long Wave
Lessons from the Great Recession of 2007-10
Political Economy, Again
The Voice of the Masters
Glossary of Endurable Terms
Annotated Suggestions for Further Readings
Index

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