The sequel to Eminent Economists, this book presents the ideas of some of the most outstanding economists of the past half century. The contributors, representing divergent points of the ideological compass, present their life philosophies and reflect on their conceptions of human nature, society, justice, and the source of creative impulse. These self-portraits reveal details of the economists' personal and professional lives that capture the significance of the total person. The essays represent streams of thought that lead to the vast ocean of economics, where gems of the discipline lie, and the volume will appeal to a wide array of readers, including professional economists, students and laypersons who seek a window into the heart of this complex field. The contributors include Alan S. Blinder, Clair Brown, John Y. Campbell, Vincent P. Crawford, Paul Davidson, Angus Deaton, Harold Demsetz, Peter Diamond, Avinash Dixit, Barry Eichengreen, Jeffrey Frankel, Richard B. Freeman, Benjamin M. Friedman and John Hull.
Michael Szenberg is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Lubin School of Business, Pace University. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2013 John R. Commons Award, the Kenan Award for excellence in teaching and the 1971 Irving Fisher Monograph Award. Professor Szenberg is the author or coauthor (with Lall B. Ramrattan) of more than seventeen books and many journal articles and encyclopedia entries. He served as the editor-in-chief of The American Economist (1973-2011). Lall B. Ramrattan holds a PhD from the New School University. He is an instructor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published articles in several major journals and has served as an associate editor of The American Economist.
Foreword Robert Solow; Introduction; 1. Being there: an intellectual journey Alan S. Blinder; 2. Social norms in economics and in the economics profession Clair Brown; 3. Personal reflections on my professional life John Y. Campbell; 4. Gray eminence? Vincent P. Crawford; 5. Biochemist to economist Paul Davidson; 6. Puzzles and paradoxes: a life in applied economics Angus Deaton; 7. Succeeding in economics Harold Demsetz; 8. My research strategy Peter Diamond; 9. My philosophy of economics, life, and everything (not!) Avinash Dixit; 10. Finding a niche Barry Eichengreen; 11. Become an economist - see the world Jeffrey Frankel; 12. Practitioner of the dismal science? Who, me? Couldn't be!! Richard B. Freeman; 13. One job, four careers Benjamin M. Friedman; 14. My life and research strategy John Hull; 15. How I ended up being a multifaceted economist and the mentors I have had Michael D. Intriligator; 16. Searching for my personal philosophy Peter B. Kenen; 17. Learning about the evolving international economy Anne O. Krueger; 18. Confessions of a Wellesley FEM Helen F. Ladd; 19. God, ants, and Thomas Bayes Harry M. Markowitz; 20. The path of a monetary economist Frederic S. Mishkin; 21. Learning from the field Elinor Ostrom; 22. Order in and through disorder: the invisible hand as a turbulent regulator? Anwar Shaikh; 23. The education of an economist Jeremy J. Siegel; 24. Faith, science, and religion Vernon L. Smith; 25. My studies in international economics Robert M. Stern; 26. Sailing into the wind Myra H. Strober; 27. My life and work philosophy Hal R. Varian; 28. Scaling fortress economics Michelle J. White; 29. The accidental economist Marina V. N. Whitman.