History of Political Economy

Adam Smith

Economics as a discipline evolved from what was once called “political economy” during the times of Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill. Researchers who work in this field study the development of economic thought as framed by varied political and social contexts, from its origins as a philosophy to the application and construction of methodologies and tools. Researchers at Duke have access to the Economists’ Papers Project, the largest collection in the world of the academic papers of important economists of the past and present.

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