Paul Samuelson's Historiography: More Wag than Whig

23 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2015

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E. Roy Weintraub

Duke University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: November 4, 2015

Abstract

In this review essay of Medema’s and Waterman’s collection of some of Samuelson’s writings in the history of economics, the author argues that Samuelson’s claim to have written “Whig History” is spurious. Moreover the author argues that Samuelson’s own writings on modern economics are, whether explicit or not, profoundly autobiographical. Samuelson, in constructing a literature ostensibly about contemporary economics, was simultaneously constructing a literature in which he and contemporary economics could be jointly considered and appraised.

Keywords: Paul A. Samuelson, historiography, Whig History, autobiography, history of economics

JEL Classification: B00, B1, B2, B3, D00, E00, N00

Suggested Citation

Weintraub, E. Roy, Paul Samuelson's Historiography: More Wag than Whig (November 4, 2015). Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper No. 197, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2686657 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2686657

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