Economic Classics: The History of Economic Ideas from Ancient Times to the Present

W 2-5, 56-191

Surveys the history of economics by introducing students to some of the most powerful and influential economic thinkers, from Xenophon and Huan K’uan through Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Paul Samuelson, to Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo. Explores the evolution of key economic concepts — the state and the market, natural resources, and crises — by situating them in historical context and perspective. Through the close reading, analysis and discussion of some of the most important texts in the history of economic thought, traces the development of ideas, norms and ways of thinking that continue to shape decision-making in both daily life and global policy.

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