The Making of a European Economist

David Colander, Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics, Middlebury College, US

David Colander’s highly original and thought provoking book considers ongoing changes in graduate European economics education. Following up on his earlier classic studies of US graduate economic education, he studies the ‘economist production function’ in which universities take student ‘raw material’ and transform it into economists, In doing so he provides insight into economists and economics.

‘The book is fascinating to read not only by someone like me who is not really an economist, but has been close to the field and has been teaching students of economics for a long time, but mainly by policymakers both in the field of higher education and in other fields like business where the larger aspects of societal changes are more and more apparent. The book is even more worth-reading to an audience of economics professors, researchers, students and particularly policymakers who are waiting for input from economic higher education. . .’
– Mariana Nicolae, Journal of Philosophical Economics

‘In this captivating volume, David Colander scrutinizes economics in Europe, which is currently undergoing a radical process of convergence, standardization and metrication. While he acknowledges that the USA is the world leader in terms of journal publications in economics, he also suggests that the scholarly breadth and practical orientation of much economics research in Europe is worth preserving and enhancing. No-one who wishes to make economics more relevant should ignore Colander’s painstaking study.’
– Geoffrey M. Hodgson, University of Hertfordshire, UK

2009 200 pp Paperback 978 1 84844 641 0 £24.00 £30.00 $40.00 $50.00
2009 200 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 639 7 £114.30 £85.00 $114.30 $127.00

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