Chicagonomics by Lanny Ebenstein
The Evolution of Chicago Free Market Economics

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...Mr Ebenstein’s book does a fine job of differentiating classical liberalism from libertarianism, a nuance now lost in a world where populists seek to brand all free-market thinking with the catch-all label “neoliberal”. For that reason alone, the book deserves to be read by all those with an interest in economic policy.
-The Economist

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Chicagonomics explores the history and development of classical liberalism as taught and explored at the University of Chicago. Ebenstein's tenth book in the history of economic and political thought, it deals specifically in the area of classical liberalism, examining the ideas of Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, and is the first comprehensive history of economics at the University of Chicago from the founding of the University in 1892 until the present. The reader will learn why Chicago had such influence, to what extent different schools of thought in economics existed at Chicago, the Chicago tradition, vision, and what Chicago economic perspectives have to say about current economic and social circumstances.

Ebenstein enlightens the personal and intellectual relationships among leading figures in economics at the University of Chicago, including Jacob Viner, Frank Knight, Henry Simons, Milton Friedman, George Stigler, Aaron Director, and Friedrich Hayek. He recasts classical liberal thought from Adam Smith to the present.

 

About Lanny Ebenstein

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Lanny Ebenstein is the author or co-author of eight books in the history of economic and political thought, including Friedrich Hayek: A Biography, Hayek's Journey: The Mind of Friedrich Hayek, and, with his late father, William Ebenstein, Great Political Thinkers: Plato to the Present. Ebenstein received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He resides in Santa Barbara, California.
 
Published October 6, 2015 by St. Martin's Press. 302 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jul 28 2015

...explores the history and reputation of the Chicago School of Economics...A detailed argument and an absorbing narrative combine in this important contribution to the field.

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The Economist

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on Oct 24 2015

...Mr Ebenstein’s book does a fine job of differentiating classical liberalism from libertarianism, a nuance now lost in a world where populists seek to brand all free-market thinking with the catch-all label “neoliberal”. For that reason alone, the book deserves to be read by all those with an interest in economic policy.

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