Marginalizing Maclaurin: the attempt to develop an economics of technical progress at MIT, 1940-1950

Roger Backhouse, Harro Maas

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Abstract

This article discusses the attempt by W. Rupert Maclaurin to develop, through a research project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, an economics of technological change. Focusing on the difference between Maclaurin's style of economics and the more technical approach to economics being developed at MIT by Paul Samuelson, it documents a route not taken in the history of economics. It fills a gap in recent work on the history of economics at MIT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-447
Number of pages25
JournalHistory of Political Economy
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

Keywords

  • history of science
  • Technological innovation
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Linear Model of innovation
  • MIT economics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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