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Economic Theorists
Beyond Smith and Marx
Famous People w/Economics
George HW Bush
Donald Trump
Meg Whitman
Danny Glover
Barbara Boxer
Ben Stein
Steve Ballmer
Mick Jagger
Sandra Day O’Connor
Kofi Annan
Ted Turner
Lionel Richie
Cate Blanchett
• John Elway
Jobs in Economics
• MBAs
• Law (highest scorers
on LSAT)
• Consulting
• Government, NGOs
• Academia
• Avg. starting salary
– $48,000-$53,000
• Fields
economic history
Wiley Economics Focus
Father of Classical Economics
• Adam Smith -1723-1790
– free markets provide
the greatest good to
the greatest number of
– “invisible hand”
– Inquiry into the Nature
and Causes of the
Wealth of Nations
– Theory of Moral
Classical Economists
• David Ricardo
• Labor theory of Value
• Theory of rent
• Comparative
– -free trade
• The Principles of
Political Economy
• By far the greatest part of those goods
which are the objects of desire, are
procured by labour; and they may be
multiplied, not in one country alone, but in
many, almost without any assignable limit,
if we are disposed to bestow the labour
necessary to obtain them.
Thomas Robert Malthus1766-1834
• Food increases
populations increase
• Populations studies
• An Essay on
• While food production tends to increase arithmetically,
population tends to increase naturally at a (faster)
geometric rate,
• Malthus argued that it is no surprise that people thus choose to
reduce (or “check”) population growth. People can increase food
production, Malthus thought, only by slow, difficult methods such as
reclaiming unused land or intensive farming; but they can check
population growth more effectively by marrying late, using
contraceptives, emigrating, or, in more extreme circumstances,
resorting to reduced health care, tolerating vicious social diseases
or impoverished living conditions, warfare, or even infanticide.
• Malthus was fascinated not with the inevitability of human demise,
but with why humans do not die off in the face of such overwhelming
Jean-Baptiste Say 1767-1832
• Say’s Law
"production of commodities
creates, and is the one and
universal cause which creates, a
market for the commodities
• It is worthwhile to remark that a product is no sooner
created than it, from that instant, affords a market for
other products to the full extent of its own value. When
the producer has put the finishing hand to his product, he
is most anxious to sell it immediately, lest its value
should diminish in his hands. Nor is he less anxious to
dispose of the money he may get for it; for the value of
money is also perishable. But the only way of getting rid
of money is in the purchase of some product or other.
Thus the mere circumstance of creation of one product
immediately opens a vent for other products. (J.B. Say,
John Stuart Mill 1806-1873
• Utilitarianism
• opportunity cost,
• comparative
• On Liberty
• Actions are right in proportion as they tend
to promote happiness; wrong as they tend
to produce the reverse of happiness. By
happiness is intended pleasure and the
absence of pain.
• the sole end for which mankind are
warranted, individually or collectively, in
interfering with the liberty of action of any
of their number, is self-protection.”
Industrial Revolution poses a challenge
to Classical Economics
• In addition to the
costs of production
setting prices,
demand plays a role
• supply and demand
• marginal choices
• Alfred Marshall (1842-1924)
• Principles of Economics
• Karl Marx – 1818-1883
• capitalism will ultimately
destroy itself and be
succeeded by a world without
private property.
• The Communist Manifesto
• Das Kapital
F.A. Hayek (1899-1992)
• Socialism will fail.
– planners will never
have perfect info.
– leads to totalitarianism
• The Road to Serfdom
• Austrian School
Great Depression is cataclysmic for
Classical Economics
John Maynard Keynes
• General Theory of
Employment, Interest,
and Money
• Recessions may not be
• Government spending
can help to end a
• free markets cannot be
counted upon to provide
full employment
Keynesian Economics
Stagflation of the 1970s
• Reaction to Keynesianism
Neoclassic Economics
“invisible hand” free markets will always yield the best outcomes
• monetarism
• rational expectations theory
• supply-side economics
• return to free markets
• emphasizes the role
of monetary policy
– (how much money
• Chicago School
– laissez-faire
– deregulation
• Milton Friedman 1912-2006
Rational Expectations Theory
• the market's ability to • buyer’s predictions
anticipate government
influence price
policy actions limits
– “efficient markets”
their effectiveness.
– random walk theory
Supply-side Economics
• Back to Smith’s ideal
of production
bettering society
• Incentives to
producers to promote
the economy
• changes in tax rates
exert an impact on
total output
Important Contemporary
Paul Krugman
Jeffrey Sachs
Thomas Sowell
Joseph Stiglitz
“heterodox economics”
•behavioral economics,
•complexity economics,
•evolutionary economics,
•experimental economics,
blah, blah, blah. . .