Please enjoy this Interview with Professor Jim Cicarelli on the process of writing the book:
A History of Economic Thought in America: Mainstreams and Cross-Currents.
Date & Time of Interview: 2pm, Tuesday, January 5, 2010.
What are some unique, interesting angles you are pursuing in your writing? I am trying to make the survey more ‘colorful’ by highlighting aboriginal economics, women economists, and thoughtful commentary on the left & right ‘cross-currents’. For an aboriginal case study, I find the story of the Cahokia Mounds, located in Collinsville, IL, to be just unbelievably fascinating. For the feminine angle, I have found that Katharine Coman wrote the lead article in the very first issue of the American Economic Review in 1911. So right from the get-go, women were contributors to formal economic thinking in America. More recently, Steve has discovered that the ‘Supply Side’ economic current was actually created by journalists who became highly-influential in American political scene of the 1980s and 1990s, even though they didn’t appear in the major professional economic journals.
Final Thoughts? Steve and I are about one-fifth of the way through the first draft. It’s like building a pyramid, the Suez Canal, the Erie Canal – I can see why people didn’t do this before!
Steven Antler maintains a blog called: “EconoPundit: Economic News and Views” .