Second Thoughts: Myths and Morals of U.S. Economic History

Paperback | November 1, 1994

EditorDonald N. McCloskey

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For this important new volume, Donald N. McCloskey has assembled twenty-four essays by leading economic historians who argue that commonly accepted perceptions of our economic past can be wrong and, therefore, misleading. The essays reevaluate various issues and events that influence today'seconomic thinking, thus examining the past as a way of preparing for the future. Such notable contributors as Robert Higgs, Julian and Rita Simon, Elyce Rotella, Terry Anderson, Barry Eichengreen, Price Fishback, Susan Phillips, and J. Richard Zecher address a wide range of issues, including theTeapot Dome scandal, banking regulation, "new" immigration problems, ATandT and deregulation, Third World development policies, the role of "big" government, technological innovation, and property rights. Specially written for this collection in clear, nontechnical prose, the essays that comprise Second Thoughts fully explore the role of government policy in the outcome of events. This book is an essential reference for all who are interested in how our economic past and the way we interpret itdetermine the directions we will choose for our future.

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For this important new volume, Donald N. McCloskey has assembled twenty-four essays by leading economic historians who argue that commonly accepted perceptions of our economic past can be wrong and, therefore, misleading. The essays reevaluate various issues and events that influence today'seconomic thinking, thus examining the past as...

Donald N. McCloskey is at University of Iowa.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"Looking at a broad spectrum of American policies through the years--from farming to trade to income tax--these authors plead for a better understanding of how policies actually work."--The Washington Post Book World