Online Text and Notes in History of Economic Thought

Saylor Foundation

This is a free and open set of course materials released by the Saylor Foundation, an educational charity, having been reviewed by three subject-matter experts. It includes sets of readings under the headings "Ancient Economic Thought", "European Thought: Scholastics & Mercantilists", "Classical Economics", "Neo-Classicism and Keynesianism", and "American Economic Thought". There are also self-assessment questions with answer guidelines, and an online quiz.

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Richard Adelstein, Wesleyan University

Eight tutorials for a course in Topics in the History of Economic Thought

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Tony Brewer, University of Bristol / Rod Hay, McMaster University

This is a bold attempt to gather all material for the study of the history of economics at one site. This includes both primary texts, studies of those texts and of their authors. The search function for the archive may or may not be working, but it is browsable through an alphabetical index of economists.

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Diane Coyle, Analysis

This half hour radio programme is available here as a text transcript. The show has Diane Coyle exploring "the new frontier of behavioural economics, learning what it has discovered about the rationality of choices we all make, from our apparent belief when thinking of pensions that we won't get old, to the way we shop or buy shares. She looks at the work of experimental economists whose laboratory subjects are ordinary people asked to make decisions, sometimes while their brains are scanned to see which bits light up when certain decisions are taken."

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Steve Keen, University of Western Sydney

Detailed lecture notes and slide shows, all in PowerPoint format, are collected here under three headings. Under "History of Economic Thought" are: Introduction/Antiquity, Antiquity to Physiocrats/Smith, Classical to Marx, Marx to Robbins, Robbins to Keynes, Keynes to Monetarism, Monetarism to the Cambridge Controversies, More on Marx, More on Keynes, Finance, Methodology, Debates: Nature of money and capital, and Debates: Economic Dynamics. Under "Political Economy" are: Demand (critique of neoclassical economics); Evolutionary theory in general; Early evolutionary economists (Veblen & Schumpeter); Complexity and Self-organisation; and Power laws and evolutionary modelling. Under "Financial Economics" are: Statistics on endogenous money; Debates in endogenous money: Basil Moore & Sheila Dow; The circuitist school; Fisher and Debt Deflation; Minsky & Modelling Debt Deflation; and Modelling Debt Deflation.

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Library of Economics and Liberty

This is an archive of the full text of classic economics and economics-related books, in HTML format. Included are works by Smith, Mill, Malthus, von Mises and many others. All authors have biographical sketches and some have annotated bibliographies. There is a topic index which cross-references passages from these texts and recommends further readings.

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Paul Walker, University of Canterbury

This document lists historical milestones in the development of game theory up to the awarding of the Nobel Prizes to Nash, Harsanyi and Selten (1994) and Aumann and Schelling (2005). Entries are short paragraphs within a timeline. It includes bibliographical notes for reference.

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Leanne J. Ussher, New School for Social Research, Gonçalo L Fonseca, New School for Social Research

The history of economic thought website hosts a set of essays on the history of economic theories, as well as a lot of historical material organised by school of thought and by economist. Hundreds of economists are listed here with biographical and other information. The site was taken down in February 2009 and this link is to's copy of the site.

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Brad DeLong, University of California at Berkeley. Department of Economics

Part of Brad DeLong's blog, this section supports a 2009 version of a course on economic history as taught at the University of California at Berkeley. The material includes lecture slides and notes, mp3 audio files of lectures, exam papers, problem sets, plus links to background information available freely online. Information is accessible chronologically, by subject category and by type.

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