Saturday, 28 January 2012

Great thinkers in economics?

Palgrave-Macmillan has a book series on "Great thinkers in economics". Titles in the series include Adam Smith, Alfred Marshall, Joseph A. Schumpeter and John Maynard Keynes, about which I would think no one could complain.

But the series also includes the likes of John Kenneth Galbraith, Michal Kalecki, Joan Robinson, Piero Sraffa, Gunnar Myrdal, Nicholas Kaldor, Dennis Robertson, Franco Modigliani and Roy Harrod.

First, are these really the greatest thinkers economics has to offer? What of, for example, Menger, Jevons, Walras, Marx, Mill - both James and J.S. - Ricardo, Malthus, Mises, Hayek, Arrow, Becker, Coase, Buchanan, Tullock or Milton Friedman?

Second, isn't there a somewhat obvious Keynesian, largely Post-Keynesian, bias to the books so far published?

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