J.Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at UC Berkeley, chief economist of its Blum Center for Developing Economies and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served in the U.S. government as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 1993 to 1995. He is also a weblogger at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.
Interviews with Brad DeLong
The Passions and the Interests
by Albert Hirschman
The Worldly Philosophers
by Robert L Heilbroner
The Classical Economists Revisited
by D. P. O'Brien
Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment
by Emma Rothschild
Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life
by Jonathan Sperber
They were an eclectic bunch, including, among others, a stock market speculator, a moral philosopher, a cleric, a lawyer and a journalist. From the late-18th to the mid-19th century, they provided the first systematic explanations of how economies work, where they fail and how they might be made to work better. Here, Brad DeLong, a professor of economics at UC Berkeley, introduces the classical economists, and suggests books to read to learn more about them and what they were trying to achieve.