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A list of key readings about History of economic thought.
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Seminal works

  • Friedman, Milton, A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960. Princeton University Press, 1963.
  • Hicks, John Mr Keynes and the Classics(Econometrica, April 1937)]
  • Hume, David, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, [2]
  • Keynes, John Maynard, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Macmillan, 1964 [3]
  • Marshall, Alfred., Principles of Economics , Macmillan 1890[4]
  • Marx, Karl, Das Kapital[5]
  • Minsky, Hyman, Stabilizing an Unstable Economy, McGraw Hill, 1986.
  • Pigou, Arthur, The Economics of Welfare, Macmillan, 1920[6]
  • Ricardo. David On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, John Murray, 1821 [7].
  • Smith Adam, The Wealth of the Nations, (Modern Library, 2000)[[8].

Major contributions

  • Arrow, Kenneth Social Choice and Individual Values, John Wiley, 1963 [9].
  • Black, Fischer and Scholes, Myron The Pricing of Options and Corporate Liabilities, The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 81, No. 3 May-June 1973
  • Coase, Ronald The Nature of the Firm, Economica 4 (16) 1937
  • Cowles, Alfred Can Stock Market Forecasters Forecast?, Econometrica July 1933
  • Johnson, Harry G International Trade and Economic Growth, Harvard University Press, 1958.
  • Markowitz, Harry Portfolio Selection: Efficient Diversification of Investments, Wiley 1959
  • Sen, Amartya Collective Choice and Social Welfare, Holden-Day, 1970.
  • Tobin, James Liquidity Preference as Behavior Towards Risk. Review of Economic Studies 25, no. 67 1958.


  • Coyle, Diane, The Soulful Science, What Economists Do and Why it Matters, Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • Dobb, Maurice, Theories of Value and Distribution Since Adam Smith', Cambridge University Press, 1973.
  • Dow, Sheila, Macroeconomic Thought, Basil Blackwell, 1985.
  • Hicks, John, Capital and Growth, Oxford University Press, 1965.
  • Snowdon, Brian The Power of Ideas - an interview with Joel Mokyr World Economics July-September 2007


  • Negishi, T. History of Economic Theory (1989)
  • Robbins, Lionel et al. A History of Economic Thought (2000)
  • Roncaglia, Alessandro. The Wealth of Ideas: A History of Economic Thought (2006)
  • Samuels, Warren, John Davis, and Jeff Biddle, eds. A Companion to the History of Economic Thought. Blackwell (2003)
  • Samuels, Warren J. Histories of Economic Thought (2003)
  • Schumpeter, Joseph A., History of Economic Analysis, (1954, 1996)]
  • Warsh, David, Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations, Norton & Company, 2006.


  • Ackley, Gardner, Macroeconomic Theory, Macmillan, 1961.
  • Baumol, William and Blinder, Alan,Economics, Principles and Policy, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979.