Economic Thinkers
A Biographical Encyclopedia
by David A. Dieterle, Editor
August 2013, 552pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39746-2
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Who are the individuals whose novel ideas, writings, and philosophies have influenced economics throughout history—and in doing so, have helped change the world? This encyclopedia provides a readable study of economics by examining the great economists themselves.

This book presents biographies of 200 economic thinkers throughout history, supplying a one-stop reference about the men and women whose ideas, writings, and philosophies created the foundation of our current understanding of economics. Depicting their subjects within the contexts of history, development economics, and econometrics, these biographies provide an insightful overview of the world of economics through the economists of significance and the many subdisciplines, topics, eras, and philosophies they represent.

Economic Thinkers: A Biographical Encyclopedia begins by describing economic thinkers in ancient Greece and Rome, moves through history to cover economists in the 15th through 19th centuries, and addresses economic theory in the 20th century and the modern era. Written to be easily accessible and highly readable, the work will appeal to students, scholars, general readers, and anyone interested in learning about the historical and philosophical foundation of economics.

David A. Dieterle, PhD, is professor and lecturer of economics at Walsh College, Troy, MI, and University of Michigan-Flint. He is a national teaching fellow for the Foundation for Teaching Economics. He has served economic education centers and councils in Ohio, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. His published works include Economic Experiences; Energy and Economics: An Activities Book; Entrepreneurship and Economics. Dieterle holds a doctorate from Michigan State University.


"Overall, this encyclopedia is a convenient guide to the people and ideas that have shaped how people think about the economy. Recommended."—Choice, January 21, 2014

"This reviewer recommends this economic history for school and academic libraries for their business and economic collections. This book fulfills the 'missing' history of economics in our library collections."—ARBA, November 1, 2013

"This volume fills a gap on the economics shelf. Although it would be an essential purchase for an academic library, Economic Thinkers should also be considered by most larger public library collections."—Booklist, October 15, 2013

"Economic Thinkers: A Biographical Encyclopedia is a suitable reference resource for a general audience, high school students or undergraduate students seeking biographical information about contributors to the field of economics or information about the major concepts in the development of the field of economics. Recommended for public and academic libraries."—Reference Reviews, May 20, 2015
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