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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John R. Commons: Selected full-text books and articles

The Economics of Collective Action By John R. Commons; Selig Perlman; Kenneth H. Parsons Macmillan, 1950
FREE! Principles of Labor Legislation By John R. Commons; John B. Andrews; American Bureau of Industrial Research Harper & Brothers, 1916 (2nd edition)
John R. Commons: Selected Essays By John R. Commons; Malcolm Rutherford; Warren J. Samuels Routledge, vol.1, 1996
Modern Economic Thought: The American Contribution By Allan G. Gruchy Prentice Hall, 1947
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Collective Economics Of John R. Commons"
FREE! Trade Unionism and Labor Problems By John R. Commons Ginn and Company, 1921 (2nd edition)
FREE! Races and Immigrants in America By John R. Commons Macmillan, 1907
The Stabilization of Business By 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John R. Commons and the Special Interest Issue: Not Really out of Date By Chasse, J. Dennis Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 31, No. 4, December 1997
Taylorism, John R. Commons, and the Hoxie Report By Nyland, Chris Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, No. 4, December 1996
Holism and Collectivism in the Work of J.R. Commons By Lawson, Clive Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, No. 4, December 1996
Sovereignty in Transaction Cost Economics: John R. Commons and Oliver E. Williamson By Dugger, William M Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, No. 2, June 1996
Commons and Keynes: Their Assault on Laissez Faire By 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 By Geoffrey M. Hodgson Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "The Theoretical Manifesto of John Commons"
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