Frank Knight and The Economic Organization

James Madison College, Michigan State University, Working Paper Series No. 0405-01

30 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2006

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Ross B. Emmett

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for the Study of Economic Liberty; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: April 2005

Abstract

A genealogical investigation of Frank Knight's little textbook, The Economic Organization (EO), which has a history separate from, and perhaps even in tension with, its author. Where did this text come from? What is its history? What essays and manuscripts are its predecessors? Was the text stable over time or did it change? If it changed, what happened? And what may have prompted the changes? What copyright date, if any, should be assigned to EO? Answers to these questions will also help to contextualize the book, both in its time and in relation to Knight's other work. The paper also asks how EO influenced the transformation of economics textbooks during the mid-twentieth century?

Keywords: Frank Knight, Frank H. Knight, history of economic thought, history of economics

JEL Classification: A22, B13, B20, B31

Suggested Citation

Emmett, Ross B., Frank Knight and The Economic Organization (April 2005). James Madison College, Michigan State University, Working Paper Series No. 0405-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=922531 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.922531

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