The Chicago School: How the University of Chicago Assembled the Thinkers Who Revolutionized Economics and Business

Johan Van Overtveldt, Author . Agate $35 (432p) ISBN 978-1-932841-14-5

At its narrowest definition, "Chicago School" refers to a movement in economics whose central figure was Milton Friedman. At its broadest definition, the term refers to a system of research encouraged at the University of Chicago since its founding in 1892, which has produced luminaries in the natural and social sciences and a distinctive style of exposition and debate. This book begins with both definitions and explores how the broad Chicago tradition attracted and shaped the researchers who built an intellectual movement that not only revolutionized economics and finance, but was deeply influential in law, sociology and government. Emphasizing the links between the lives and ideas of dozens of famous Chicago researchers, it spans many intellectual fields over more that a century. The sometimes dizzying result is held together by core principles that define the Chicago tradition: insistence that ideas must be supported by both theory and data, hard work and vigorous debate. In particular, the workshop system nurtured strong personalities who could build and defend orthodoxy, and dissenters of equal strength. As an intellectual or institutional history, this study is superficial due to its breadth, but its exploration of the interaction between institution and idea is unique and fascinating. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/26/2007
Release date: 04/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 432 pages - 978-1-932841-19-0
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