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Surveys the thoughts and ideas of philosophers and economists throughout history who attempted to understand the workings of what we now call the economy. A long time span is covered, going briefly as far back as the ancient Greek writers, moving through the Scholastics, Mercantilists and Physiocrats, but with a particular focus on the pivotal contributions of the Classical writers including Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Karl Marx. Neoclassical thought is contrasted with institutional and historical critics, leading to the great debate between capitalism and socialism. Changes in macroeconomic theory associated with John Maynard Keynes, the post-Keynesian views of macro and the more modern formulation of microeconomics with its emphasis on econometric analysis round out the course. Prerequisites: Economics 255, 256. One unit.

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