The Legacy of Chicago Economics

October 5, 2015

(All day)

The Logan Center for the Arts
Douglas Irwin, Dartmouth College and National Bureau of Economic Research

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In the 1930s, Frank Knight, Henry Simons, and Jacob Viner were considered among the leading intellectual lights of the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. They are often contrasted with the subsequent generation led by Milton Friedman, George Stigler, and Aaron Director. What was unique and distinctive about the first generation of Chicago economists? Did they constitute a “school,” as is often thought? What lessons did they impart to Friedman, Stigler, and others (such as Paul Samuelson) who attended Chicago in the 1930s?

This conference brought leading scholars to the Becker Friedman Institute to explore the lasting impact of Knight, Simons, and Viner in shaping Chicago economics during this formative period in the Department’s history.


University of Chicago
The Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th St

October 5, 2015 (All day)