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Steven G. Medema, Research Professor of Economics and Research Associate in the School of Law

Steven G. Medema

Steven Medema’s research focuses on the history of modern economics, though his writings range over subjects as diverse as the Ancient Greeks, Adam Smith, and British philosopher Henry Sidgwick. The thread that unites much of his research is the analysis of the interplay between markets and government in the history of economic ideas. His current project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, examines the history of the Coase theorem and its influence in economics, law, and beyond. Professor Medema serves as an associate editor or editorial board member of several history of economics journals and was editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought from 1999 – 2008. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  07F Social Sciences Bldg., Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-1802
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  https://sites.duke.edu/sgmedema/

Teaching (Spring 2020):

  • ECON 311.01, HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT Synopsis
    Social Sciences 119, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 307.01)
  • ECON 390.01, SELECTED TOPICS IN ECONOMICS Synopsis
    Old Chem 101, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • ECON 511.01, HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT Synopsis
    Social Sciences 119, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Education:

Ph.D.Michigan State University1989
A.B.Calvin College1985

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Medema, SG, The economist and the economist's audience, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, vol. 41 no. 3 (September, 2019), pp. 335-341 [doi]
  2. Irwin, DA; Medema, SG, Jacob Viner: Lectures in economics 301 (January, 2017), pp. 1-159, ISBN 9781412851664 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Medema, SG, His influence in the Anglo-Saxon world, in Antonio de Viti de Marco: A Story Worth Remembering (January, 2016), pp. 115-118, ISBN 9781137534927 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Backhouse, RE; Medema, SG, Walras in the age of Marshall: An analysis of English-language journals, 1890-1939, in Economics and Other Branches - In the Shade of the Oak Tree: Essays in Honour of Pascal Bridel (July, 2015), pp. 69-86, ISBN 9781848935334 [doi]
  5. Medema, SG, 'A magnificent business prospect' the Coase theorem, the extortion problem, and the creation of Coase theorem worlds, Journal of Institutional Economics, vol. 11 no. 2 (January, 2015), pp. 353-378 [doi]  [abs]


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