History of Economic Analysis: With a New Introduction

Paperback | June 1, 1986

byJoseph A. SchumpeterEditorElizabeth Boody SchumpeterIntroduction byMark Perlman

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At the time of his death in 1950, Joseph Schumpeter--one of the great economists of the first half of the 20th century--was working on his monumental History of Economic Analysis. A complete history of efforts to understand the subject of economics from ancient Greece to the present, this bookis an important contribution to the history of ideas as well as to economics. Although never fully completed, it has gained recognition as a modern classic due to its broad scope and original examination of significant historical events. Complete with a new introduction by Mark Perlman, whooutlines the structure of the book and puts Schumpeters work into current perspective, History of Economic Analysis remains a reflection of Schumpeters diverse interests in history, philosophy, sociology, and psychology. Major topics include the techniques of economic analysis, contemporaneousdevelopments in other sciences, and the sociology of economics; economic writings from Plato and Aristotle up through the time of Adam Smith, including the medieval scholastics and natural-law philosophers; the work of Malthus, Mill, Ricardo, Marx, and the important European economists; the history,sociology, psychology, and economics of the period 1879-1914; and modern economic developments. Schumpeter perceived economics as a human science, and this lucid and insightful volume reflects that perception, creating a work that is of major importance to the history of economics.

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At the time of his death in 1950, Joseph Schumpeter - one of the great economists of the first half of the 20th century - was working on his monumental History of Economic Analysis. A complete history of efforts to understand the subject of economics from ancient Greece to the present, this book is an important contribution to the hist...

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At the time of his death in 1950, Joseph Schumpeter--one of the great economists of the first half of the 20th century--was working on his monumental History of Economic Analysis. A complete history of efforts to understand the subject of economics from ancient Greece to the present, this bookis an important contribution to the history...

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At the time of his death in 1950, Joseph Schumpeter - one of the great economists of the first half of the 20th century - was working on his monumental History of Economic Analysis. A complete history of efforts to understand the subject of economics from ancient Greece to the present, this book is an important contribution to the hist...

Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1883-1950) was an economist from Austria and a giant in the history of economic thought.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1320 pages, 6.61 × 8.94 × 1.69 inPublished:June 1, 1986Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Mark PerlmanEditor's IntroductionPART IINTRODUCTIONSCOPE AND METHODCHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION AND PLAN1. Plan of the Book2. Why Do We Study the History of Economics?3. But Is Economics a Science?CHAPTER 2. INTERLUDE I: THE TECHNIQUES OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS1. Economic History2. Statistics3. 'Theory'4. Economic Sociology5. Political Economy6. Applied FieldsCHAPTER 3. INTERLUDE II: CONTEMPORANEOUS DEVELOPMENTS IN OTHER SCIENCES1. Economics and Sociology2. Logic and Psychology3. Economics and PhilosophyCHAPTER 4. THE SOCIOLOGY OF ECONOMICS1. Is the History of Economics a History of Ideologies?PART IIFROM THE BEGINNINGS TO THE FIRST CLASSICAL SITUATION(TO ABOUT 1790)CHAPTER 1. GRAECO-ROMAN ECONOMICS1. Plan of the Part2. From the Beginnings to Plato3. Aristotle's Analytic Performance4. On the Origin of the State, Private Property, and Slavery5. Aristotle's 'Pure' Economics6. Greek Philosophy7. The Contribution of the Romans8. Early Christian ThoughtCHAPTER 2. THE SCHOLASTIC DOCTORS AND THE PHILOSOPHERS OF NATURAL LAW1. The Great Gap2. Feudalism and Scholasticism3. Scholasticism and Capitalism4. Scholastic Sociology and Economics5. The Concept of Natural Law6. The Philosophers of Natural Law: Natural-Law Analysis in the Seventeenth Century7. The Philosophers of Natural Law: Natural-Law Analysis in the Eighteenth Century and AfterCHAPTER 3. THE CONSULTANT ADMINISTRATORS AND THE PAMPHLETEERS1. More Facts from Social History2. The Economic Literature of the Period3. Sixteenth-Century Systems4. The Systems, 1600-17765. Quasi-Systems6. Public Finance Once More7. Notes on UtopiasCHAPTER 4.THE ECONOMETRICIANS AND TURCOT1. Political Arithmetick2. Boisguillebert and Cantillon3. The Physiocrats4. TurgotCHAPTER 5.POPULATION, RETURNS, WAGES, AND EMPLOYMENT1. The Principle of Population2. Increasing and Decreasing Returns and the Theory of Rent3. Wages4. Unemployment and the 'State of the Poor'CHAPTER 6. VALUE AND MONEY1. Real Analysis and Monetary Analysis2. Fundamentals3. Digression on Value4. The Quantity Theory5. Credit and Banking6. Capital, Savings, Investment7. InterestCHAPTER 7. THE 'MERCANTILIST' LITERATURE1. Interpretation of the 'Mercantilist' Literature2. Export Monopolism3. Exchange Control4. The Balance of Trade5. Analytic Progress from the Last Quarter of the Seventeenth Century: Josiah Child to Adam SmithPART IIIFROM 1790 TO 1870CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION AND PLAN1. Coverage2. Paraphernalia3. Plan of the Part4. Concerning the Marxist SystemCHAPTER 2. SOCIO-POLITICAL BACKGROUNDS1. Economic Development2. Free Trade and Foreign Relations3. Domestic Policy and Sozialpolitik4. Gladstonian Finance5. GoldCHAPTER 3.THE INTELLECTUAL SCENERY1. The Zeitgeist of the Period and Its Philosophy2. Romanticism and Historiography3. Sociology and Poitical Science: Environmentalism4. Evolutionism5. Psychology and Logic6. Pre-Marxian SocialismCHAPTER 4.REVIEW OF THE TROOPS1. The Men Who Wrote above Their Time2. The Ricardians3. Malthus, Senior, and Some of Those Who Also Ran4. France5. Germany6. Italy7. United State8. Factual WorkCHAPTER 5. GENERAL ECONOMICS: A CROSS SECTION1. J.S. Mill and his Principles. Fawcett and Cairnes2. Scope and Method: What Economists Thought They Were Doing3. What Mill's Readers Actually Got4. The Institutional Frame of the Economic Process5. The 'Classic' Schema of the Economic Process6. The 'Classic' Conception of Economic DevelopmentCHAPTER 6. GENERAL ECONOMICS: PURE THEORY1. Axiomatics, Senior's Four Postulates2. Value3. The Theory of International Values4. Say's Law of Markets5. Capital6. The Distributive SharesCHAPTER 7. MONEY, CREDIT, AND CYCLES1. England's Problems2. Fundamentals3. Gleanings from the Discussions on Inflation and Resumption4. The Theory of Credit5. Foreign Exchange and International Gold Movements6. 'The' Business CyclePART IVFROM 1870 TO 1914 (AND LATER)CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION AND PLAN1. Coverage2. Paraphernalia3. Plan of the PartCHAPTER 2. BACKGROUND AND PATTERNS1. Economic Development2. The Defeat of Liberalism3. Policies4. Art and ThoughtCHAPTER 3. SOME DEVELOPMENTS IN NEIGHBORING FIELDS1. History2. Sociology3. PsychologyCHAPTER 4. SOZIALPOLITIK AND THE HISTORICAL METHOD1. Sozialpolitik2. HistorismCHAPTER 5.THE GENERAL ECONOMICS OF THE PERIOD: MEN AND GROUPS1. Jevons, Menger, Walras2. England: The Marshallian Age3. France4. Germany and Austria5. Italy6. The Netherlands and Scandinavian Countries7. The United States8. The MarxistsCHAPTER 6. GENERAL ECONOMICS: ITS CHARACTER AND CONTENTS1. Outposts2. The Vision, Enterprise, and Capital3. The Revolution in the Theory and Value of Distribution4. Marshall's Attitude and Real Cost5. Interest, Rent, Wages6. The Contribution of the Applied FieldsCHAPTER 7. EQUILIBRIUM ANALYSIS1. Fundamental Unity of the Period's Economic Theory2. Cournot and the 'Mathematical School': Econometrics3. The Concept of Equilibrium4. The Competitive Hypothesis and the Theory of Monopoly5. The Theory of Planning and of the Socialist Economy7. The Walrasian Theory of General Equilibrium8. The Production FunctionAPPENDIX TO CHAPTER 7NOTE ON THE THEORY OF UTILITY1. The Earlier Developments2. Beginnings of the Modern Development3. The Connection with Utilitarianism4. Psychology and the Utility Theory5. Cardinal Utility6. Ordinal Utility7. The Constistency Postulate8. Welfare EconomicsCHAPTER 8. MONEY, CREDIT, AND CYCLES1. Practical Problems2. Analytic Work3. Fundamentals4. The Value of Money: Index Number Approach5. The Value of Money: the Equation of Exchange and the 'Quantity Approach'6. The Value of Money: the Cash Balance and Income Approaches7. Band Credit and the 'Creation' of Deposits8. Crises and Cycles: the Monetary Theories9. Non-Monetary Cycle AnalysisPART VCONCLUSIONA SKETCH OF MODERN DEVELOPMENTSCHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION AND PLAN1. Plan of the Part2. The Progress of Theoretical Economics during the Last Twenty-five YearsCHAPTER 2. DEVELOPMENTS STEMMING FROM THE MARSHALL-WICKSELL APPARATUS1. The Modern Theory of Consumers' Behavior and the 'New' Theory of Production2. Theory of the Individual Firm and the Monopolistic CompetitionCHAPTER 3. ECONOMICS IN THE 'TOTALITARIANISM' COUNTRIES1. Germany2. Italy3. RussiaCHAPTER 4. DYNAMICS AND BUSINESS CYCLE RESEARCH1. Dynamizing Aggregative Theory: Macrodynamics2. The Statistical Complement: Econometrics3. The Interaction of Macrodynamics and Business Cycle ResearchCHAPTER 5. KEYNES AND MODERN MACROECONOMICS1. Comments on the Wider Aspects of Keynes's Work2. The Analytic Apparatus of the General Theory3. The Impact of the Keynesian MessageEDITOR'S APPENDIXLIST OF BOOKS FREQUENTLY QUOTEDAUTHOR INDEXSUBJECT INDEX

From Our Editors

At the time of his death in 1950, Joseph Schumpeter - one of the great economists of the first half of the 20th century - was working on his monumental History of Economic Analysis. A complete history of efforts to understand the subject of economics from ancient Greece to the present, this book is an important contribution to the history of ideas as well as to economics. Although never fully completed, it has gained recognition as a modern classic due to its broad scope and original examination of significant historical events. Complete with a new introduction by Mark Perlman, who outlines the structure of the book and puts Schumpeter's work into current perspective. History of Economic Analysis remains a reflection of Schumpeter's diverse interest in history, philosophy, sociology, and psychology.

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"Schumpeter was...also the most learned economist of this century....I don't know of any economist today who thinks Schumpeter's opinionated and exhaustive History of Analysis will ever be matched."--Todd G. Buchholz, The Wall Street Journal