Webinar with Prof. Erik Reinert – “80 Economic Bestsellers before 1850”

Dear Young Scholars,

The History of Economic Thought, Economic Development, Economic History and Latin America Working Groups invite you to a webinar with Prof. Erik Reinert on his paper "80 Economic Bestsellers before 1850: A Fresh Look at the History of Economic Thought".

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Sept 20th, 11 am EDT (5 pm CET). To access the webinar, please click here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/932165711

Hope to see you online!

Abstract : The paper studies the economics books which – judged by the number of editions – were the most influential between 1500 and 1849, and compares these to what is represented in accounts of the history of economic thought today. The most interesting outcome of this work is that if we assume some degree of correlation between the influence of a text and the number of editions published, the publication history we present here suggests that some authors who were once influential are now being neglected.

Furthermore, the presentation tracks core ideas of development economics and industrial policies to texts of the XVII and XVIII centuries.