The State of the History of Economics: Proceedings of the History of Economics Society

The State of the History of Economics: Proceedings of the History of Economics Society

The State of the History of Economics: Proceedings of the History of Economics Society

The State of the History of Economics: Proceedings of the History of Economics Society

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Science and economics contributors explore emerging areas in the history of economics, ranging from science fiction's 'cyberpunk' genre that draws heavily upon modern economic ideas, to English policy towards Ireland during the Cromwellian era.

Excerpt

James P. Henderson

The twenty-second annual meeting of the History of Economics Society was held at the University of Notre Dame on June 2-5, 1995. The theme, “The History of Economics: The State of the Art,” is reflected in the title of this volume. That also was the title of the first meeting of the History of Economics Society. The Society’s founders—William D. Grampp, Vincent J. Tarascio, Warren J. Samuels, William R. Allen, Craufurd D. Goodwin, and Robert V. Eagly—were honored at a special dinner: “Remembering our own Past.”

There was a change in the format of the traditional President’s Banquet. The President’s Lecture was presented before the banquet. Professor Laurence S. Moss of Babson College, our President in 1994, spoke on: “Finding New Wine in Old Bottles: what to do when Leontief’s coefficients are no longer the designated drivers of economic research.” The Society’s awards were presented at the President’s Banquet.

The Society now presents two awards annually for outstanding scholarly contributions to the history of economics. The winner of the new “History of Economics Society Best Paper Award” was selected by a committee which included Allin Cottrill (Wake Forest University), Phil Mirowski (University of Notre Dame), and Gary Mongiovi (St. John’s University). Articles appearing in the Society’s two official publications: Journal of the History of Economic Thought and the selection of papers presented at the annual meeting which appear in the Perspectives volume are automatically eligible. Articles by members of the Society which appear in other publications may be nominated for consideration by the Committee. The recipient of the first “History of Economics Society Best Paper Award” was Maria Cristina Marcuzzo, for her article: “At the Origin of Imperfect Competition: different views?” published in Volume 10 (63-78) of the Perspectives on the History of Economic Thought edited by Karen I. Vaughn. The competition for this year’s “Joseph Dorfman Prize for the Best Dissertation” was particularly strong. For the first time, the judges recommended that one of the dissertations be given Honorable Mention: Economic Thought and Policy Advice in New Zealand: Economists and the Agricultural Sector circa 1918-1939 by Grant Fleming. The

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