Economic Thought and History looks at the relationship between facts and thought in historical economic research, viewing it in the context of periods of economic crisis and providing detailed analyses of methods used in determining the bond between economic history and economic theory.
This interdisciplinary collection brings together international researchers in the history of economic thought and economic history in order to confront varying approaches to the study of economic facts and ideas, rethinking boundaries, methodologies and the object of their disciplines. The chapters explore the relationship between economic thought and economic theory from a variety of perspectives, exploring the relationship between history and economics, and the boundaries defining the history of economic thought, in terms of both single authors and schools of thought. The book offers particular insights on the Italian tradition of thought.
The uniquely interdisciplinary and analytical approach presented here bridges the methodological gap between these disciplines, unearthing a fertile common ground of research. This book is intended for Postgraduate students conducting further research into the field, or for professors and academics of economic history and history of economic thought.
Table of Contents
1. History of Economic Thought and Economic History: Who Will Bring the Past to Life? 2. Economic facts, theoretical beliefs and the ‘double movement’ 3. Economic knowledge and value judgements 4. Between History and Theory: Otto Neurath’s Economics from 1906 to 1917 5. The Freiburg scholars and interwar Germany 6. When a generally accepted theory fails to meet the facts: the case of Real Business Cycles Theory 7. The cultural and psychological dimensions of economic development 8. Economics and history in Italy in the Twentieth century 9. Labour as culture: the Lombardo-Veneto School 10. Sergio Paronetto: An economist in deed, from Alberto Beneduce to Alcide de Gasperi, 1934-1945
Monika Poettinger is a Contract Professor of Economic History and Thought at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.
Gianfranco Tusset is an Associate Professor of Economics, University of Padova, Padua, Italy.