Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics


Benny Carlson on Swedish Economists

Drawing on his EJW article coauthored with Lars Jonung, Benny Carlson discusses the remarkable tradition of public discourse actuated by the five titans of Swedish economics, Knut Wicksell, Gustav Cassel, Eli Heckscher, Bertil Ohlin, and Gunnar Myrdal. Carlson touches on the great liberal economist Anders Chydenius (1729–1803), and, since Myrdal’s time, on the prominent Swedish economists aligned with Wicksell’s own avowed calling, to educate the Swedish people.

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