This book follows the intellectual path of Franco Modigliani, Nobel Prize winner and one of the most influential Keynesian economists of the twentieth century, tracing his development and examining the impact of his research.
The book begins with Modigliani’s early work as a young law student in 1930s Italy and traces his development through his emigration to the US, his introduction to Keynes’ General Theory at the New School, and his seminal 1944 article on Keynesian and classical economics. The book also examines Modigliani’s pioneering theory of savings: the life-cycle hypothesis (with Richard Brumberg), and the Modigliani–Miller theorem, a cornerstone of modern theory of finance. The book argues that although Modigliani is placed amongst the most prominent Keynesian economists, his connections with Keynesian theory are of secondary importance until the beginning of the 1960s when he joined MIT.
This is the first book to place Modigliani’s thought in its proper historical context, showing how it related to wider economic concerns and examining the social and political implications of his work. It will be of interest to scholars in the history of economic thought, and especially post-war American Keynesian economics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Modigliani before Modigliani
Chapter 2: Approaching Keynes and American Keynesianism
Chapter 3: Keynesian economics in between corporative and socialist economics
Chapter 4: Modigliani at the University of Illinois: "The Bowen war" and McCarthyism
Chapter 5: Uncertainty and Expectations: Modigliani at Carnegie Tech
Chapter 6: The life cycle savings in an unstable system
Chapter 7: Becoming Keynesian
Antonella Rancan is Associate Professor of Economics at University of Molise, Italy.