Books: Inside the Economist's Mind (I.T.E.M.) and Getting It Wrong

This Blog hosts discussion of issues relevant to the book, Inside the Economist's Mind, coedited by Nobel Laureate Paul A. Samuelson and William A. Barnett, published by Wiley/Blackwell, and the newer book by William A. Barnett, Getting It Wrong, published by MIT Press.

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William A. Barnett is Oswald Distinguished Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Kansas and Director of the Center for Financial Stability in New York City. He was previously Research Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC; Stuart Centennial Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin; and Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. William Barnett has been a leading researcher in macroeconomics and econometrics. He is one of the pioneers in the study of chaos and nonlinearity in socioeconomic contexts, as well as a major figure in the study of the aggregation problem. He is Editor of the Emerald Press monograph series International Symposia in Economic Theory and Econometrics, and Editor of the journal Macroeconomic Dynamics, published by Cambridge University Press. He received his B.S. degree from M.I.T., his M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. He has published 20 books (as either author or editor) and over 140 articles in professional journals. His research has been published in 7 languages.


The book, Inside the Economist's Mind, is coedited by Paul A. Samuelson and William A. Barnett. Although this Blog is hosted solely by the latter coeditor, the following is the information in the book's front matter about Paul Samuelson:

Paul A. Samuelson was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Economics. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Professor is the highest rank awarded by MIT. His landmark 1947 book, Foundations of Economic Analysis, based upon his Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard University, established him as "the economists' economist" by raising the standards of the entire profession. Paul Samuelson's classic textbook, Economics, first published in 1948, is among the most successful textbooks ever published in the field. The book's 16 editions have sold over four million copies and have been translated into 41 languages. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. As one of the profession's most productive scholars for over a half-century, he remains an intellectual force of towering stature.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

IMF Review

A review of ITEM just appeared on the IMF (International Monetary Fund) web site.


Blogger Noman said...

Dear Mr.Barnett

I am an economics Journalist living in IRAN.I read your book "Inside the Economist's Mind " and by borowing the term from Mr.Loungani of IMF let me say , I realy fell in love with the conversations you have gathered in one volume.It was what i was desire to find and by chance when I was searching in Amazon Books I found it .I am interested to translate the book and thats why i am here and writing to you.So would you please give me the permission to translate your book into Persian.I am sure the wealth of information gathered in one volume by you and the credit of the names like Mr.Paul Samuelson on the cover will be helpful in attracting young Iranians to read it.I am hopeful this volume could help the poeple in my country specially young generation of economics students to get more acquaintance with the giants of the realm of economics which is unsuitably named dismal science.

Thank you


6:24 AM  
Blogger William A. Barnett said...

Dear Reza,

I think it would be an excellent idea to translate the book, ITEM, into Persian, as you suggested on your comment to ITEM's blog. But the permission must come from the publisher (Wiley/Blackwell) who owns the copyright to the book. Please contact Dale Morgan:

dale.morgan at

W. A. Barnett

10:03 AM  

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