4th Edition

The Making of Modern Economics
The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers

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ISBN 9781032023212
December 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
518 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Making of Modern Economics presents a bold and engaging history of economics - the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built today's rigorous social science.

This comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the major economic philosophers begins with Adam Smith and continues through to the present day. It examines the contributions each one made to our understanding of the role of the economist, the science of economics and economic theory. Boxes in each chapter highlight little-known and entertaining facts about the economists' personal lives that had an influence on their work.

The fourth edition adds coverage of modern monetary theory, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, minimum wage debates, Schumpeter and socialism, Malthus and immigration, and more.

The Making of Modern Economics is a valuable, engaging text for courses in the history of economic thought and political economy.

Table of Contents

1. It all started with Adam

2. The French Connection: Laissez Faire Advance!

3. The Irreverent Malthus Challenges the New Model of Prosperity

4. Tricky Ricardo Takes Economics Down a Dangerous Road

5. Milling Around: John Stuart Mill and the Socialists Search for Utopia

6. Marx Madness Plunges Economics into a New Dark Age

7. Out of the Blue Danube: Menger and the Austrians Reverse the Tide

8. Marshalling the Troops: Scientific Economics Comes of Age

9. Go West, Young Man: Americans Solve the Distribution Problem in Economics

10. The Conspicuous Veblen Versus the Protesting Weber: Two Critics Debate the Meaning of Capitalism

11. The Fisher King tried to Catch the Missing Link in Macroeconomics

12. The Missing Mises: Mises (and Wicksell) Make a Major Breakthrough

13. The Keynes Mutiny: Capitalism Faces Its Greatest Challenge

14. Paul Raises the Keynesian Cross: Samuelson and Modern Economics

15. Milton's Paradise: Friedman Leads a Monetary Counterrevolution

16. The Creative Destruction of Socialism: The Dark Vision of Joseph Schumpeter

17. Dr Smith Goes to Washington: Market Economies Face New Challenges

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Mark Skousen is an investment expert, economist, university professor, and author of more than 25 books. He earned his Ph.D. in monetary economics at George Washington University in 1977. He has taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Gratham University, Barnard College, Mercy College, Rollins College and as a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.