Prof. Erik Reinert: “80 Economic Bestsellers before 1850: A Fresh Look at the History of Economic Thought”, Episode 3

This episode is a recording of a webinar organised by The YSI INET History of Economic Thought, Economic Development, Economic History and Latin America Working Groups – special thanks to Daniel Munevar whose voice you hear at the beginning.

In this webinar, Professor Erik Reinert presents his paper on the “80 Economic Bestsellers before 1850: A Fresh Look at the History of Economic Thought“.

ABSTRACT: The paper studies the economics books which – judged by the number of editions – were the most influential between 1500 and 1849, and compares these to what is represented in accounts of the history of economic thought today. The most interesting outcome of this work is that if we assume some degree of correlation between the influence of a text and the number of editions published, the publication history we present here suggests that some authors who were once influential are now being neglected. Furthermore, the presentation tracks core ideas of development economics and industrial policies to texts of the XVII and XVIII centuries.

Link to a blog post about the paper:

Link to paper:


Discussing Methods: The History of Economic Thought as the History of Practices with Thomas Stapleford, Episode 2

In this episode, we briefly talk about methods in the History of Economic Thought, before discussing with Thomas Stapleford his paper Historical Epistemology and the History of Economics: Views Through the Lens of Practice. In this paper, Stapleford argues for approaching the history of economic thought as a history of practices. This paper was also on of the topic of a one-day workshop for young scholars organised this May by Maria and Reinhard before the annual conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought.

  • Information about the workshop can be found here.

A list of the literature mentioned and discussed in the episode:

  • Bakhtin, M. 1986. Speech Genres and Other Late Essays. Trans. Vern W. McGee. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
  • Bakhtin, M. 1992. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • Dalston, L. and Galison, P., 2007. Objectivity. MIT Press. Link
  • Foucault, M. 1982. The archaeology of knowledge. (A. M. Sheridan Smith, Trans.). New York: Pantheon Books.
  • Foucault, M. 1988. Politics, philosophy, culture: interviews and other writings, 1977-1984. (L. D. Kritzman, Ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Holquist, M. 1990. Dialogism: Bakhtin and his World. London; New York: Routledge.
  • Stapleford, T.A., 2017. Historical Epistemology and the History of Economics: Views Through the Lens of Practice. In Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology: Including a Symposium on the Historical Epistemology of Economics (pp. 113-145). Emerald Publishing Limited. Link
  • Warwick, A. 1992. Cambridge mathematics and Cavendish physics: Cunningham, Campbell and Einstein’s relativity, 1905-1911. Part I: The uses of theory. Part II: Comparing traditions in Cambridge physics. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science A, 23, 625–656.
  • Wylie, A., 1992. The interplay of evidential constraints and political interests: recent archaeological research on gender. American antiquity, 57(1), pp.15-35.

Introducing Ceteris non Paribus: The History of Economic Thought Podcast, Episode 1

In this short introductory episode, we shortly outline the objectives of this podcast and explain the name Ceteris non Paribus. We are a group of young scholars starting a podcast in the history of economic thought and you’ll hear the voices from the following young scholars in this episode:

Addtionally, you’ll briefly hear Gonçalo L. Fonseca, the creator of The History of Economic Thought Website.

This episode was hosted and produced by Maria and Reinhard.