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What We Taught and What We Did: The Evolution of U.S. Economic Textbooks (1830-1930)

David Colander ()

Il Pensiero Economico Italiano, 2006, vol. 14, issue 1, 27-35

Abstract: This paper asks the question: Was there a difference between what economists taught and what they did in the mid 1800s and early 1900s, or is the divergence a recent phenomenon? It discusses three topselling texts: Francis Wayland’s The Elements of Political Economy, Francis Walker’s Political Economy, and Edwin Seligman’s Principles of Economics, and concludes that in the period i830-i930 there was a much closer connection between what economists did and what they teach than there has been in more recent time.

Keywords: Economic textbooks; political economy; pedagogy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A20 B10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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