John R. Commons

Commons, John Rogers

John Rogers Commons, 1862–1945, American economist, b. Hollansburg, Ohio, grad. Oberlin, 1888. Influenced by the other social sciences, Commons tried to broaden the scope of economics, especially in his noted Legal Foundations of Capitalism (1924) and Institutional Economics (1934). He was also interested in immediate social problems, chiefly those dealing with labor, and served on many government commissions. Commons was one of the editors of A Documentary History of American Industrial Society (10 vol., 1910–11) and History of Labor in the United States (4 vol., 1919–35).

See his autobiography, Myself (1934); biography by L. G. Harter (1962).

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The Economics of Collective Action
John R. Commons; Selig Perlman; Kenneth H. Parsons.
Macmillan, 1950
FREE! Principles of Labor Legislation
John R. Commons; John B. Andrews; American Bureau of Industrial Research.
Harper & Brothers, 1916 (2nd edition)
John R. Commons: Selected Essays
Malcolm Rutherford; Warren J. Samuels; John R. Commons.
Routledge, vol.1, 1996
Modern Economic Thought: The American Contribution
Allan G. Gruchy.
Prentice Hall, 1947
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Collective Economics Of John R. Commons"
FREE! Trade Unionism and Labor Problems
John R. Commons.
Ginn and Company, 1921 (2nd edition)
FREE! Races and Immigrants in America
John R. Commons.
Macmillan, 1907
The Stabilization of Business
Wesley C. Mitchell; Irving Fisher; Frank Haigh Dixon; John R. Commons; Lionel D. Edie; Edwin R. A. Seligman; John B. Andrews; Walter Dill Scott; Henry S. Dennison; Lionel D. Edie.
Macmillan, 1923
John R. Commons and the Special Interest Issue: Not Really out of Date
Chasse, J. Dennis.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 31, No. 4, December 1997
Taylorism, John R. Commons, and the Hoxie Report
Nyland, Chris.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, No. 4, December 1996
Holism and Collectivism in the Work of J.R. Commons
Lawson, Clive.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, No. 4, December 1996
Sovereignty in Transaction Cost Economics: John R. Commons and Oliver E. Williamson
Dugger, William M.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, No. 2, June 1996
Commons and Keynes: Their Assault on Laissez Faire
Atkinson, Glen; Oleson, Theodore, Jr.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 32, No. 4, December 1998
How Economics Forgot History: The Problem of Historical Specificity in Social Science
Geoffrey M. Hodgson.
Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "The Theoretical Manifesto of John Commons"
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