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Social Economics: From Search for Identity to Quest for Roots; or, Social Economics: The First 100 Years (or so)

Thomas O. Nitsch (Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 1 March 1987

Abstract

In her popular Development of Economic Analysis, Ingrid Rima writes early on of the “compatibility” of “emphasis on the state as an instrument to achieve socially optimal results…with what has come to be called social economics”. Subsequently (1978, p. 322; 1986, p. 396), she treats of J.M. Clark's “crucial” contribution to the development (1920s/1930s) of a new type of economics he describes as “social”. Similarly, George F. Rohrlich, in his 1970 introductory essay, “The Challenge of Social Economics”, wrote of “The emerging field of social economics”, and noted that “in the United States the term was used in the 1930s and occasionally thereafter”. More recently (1982), Samuel Cameron singles out Mark A. Lutz's 1980 USE contribution, e.g., for neglecting Charles Devas(op. cit., 1876–1907) “as a contributor to the founding of social economics”, while comparing Devas to “the modern social economist”.

Citation

Nitsch, T.O. (1987), "Social Economics: From Search for Identity to Quest for Roots; or, Social Economics: The First 100 Years (or so)", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 14 No. 3/4/5, pp. 70-90. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb014048

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